Therefore, the sources' motivations, qualifications, and trustworthiness are unclear. All this causes users to wonder concerning the credibility of websites.
Credibility was mentioned by 7 participants as an important concern. When examining a news story on the internet, one person said, "The one thing i usually search for is who it really is originating from. Is it a source that is reputable? Can the source be trusted? Knowing is very important. I do not wish to be fed with false facts." When asked how believable the information in an essay on the Web seemed, another person answered, "which is a question I ask myself about every internet site."
The caliber of a website's content influences users' evaluations of credibility, as one person pointed out: "A magazine this is certainly well done sets a tone that is certain impression that are carried through the content. A certain image for example, National Geographic has a quality feel. A web page conveys a graphic, too. If it's tastefully done, it could add a complete lot of credibility to your site."
Outbound Links Can Increase Credibility
Users rely on hypertext links to help assess credibility regarding the given information found in websites. This time was created by 4 participants. "Links are good information. You are helped by them judge whether what the writer is saying holds true," one said. While reading an essay, one person commented, "this website is extremely believable. The author presents several points of view, and then he has links for every single true point of view." Someone else made an equivalent statement about a different sort of essay: "as the writer is referencing other links, it is probably relatively accurate information."