When viewing websites with the intention of gaining reliable knowledge and information, it is important to be sure that they are accurate and credible. As stated by Fogg, ‘The web can be a highly credible source of information,’ but ‘can be one of the least credible information sources’ (Fogg, 2003). The reason for this is that each webpage is designed by someone different. Whether the web page is representing a company or an individual, there will always be someone behind its design and information. Practically anyone can make a web page these days, and are free to write what they wish on said web pages, because of this it is important to ensure that the information being used is genuine, and to not be misled. As a student it is especially important to verify your sources and ensure that the information that you are receiving is correct and credible, or it could get quite embarrassing and damaging to your work. For example if you were researching the Second World War, and you found a website that claimed the war began in 1934 instead of 1939, stating that as a fact in your essay would not look good. Because of this it is recommended to check information with other sources to ensure that it is reliable.
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