Credibility: Week 4 – Question 2

Q2) In the learning portfolio, Wikipedia is not accepted as a credible resource for academic  assignments. What do you think is the reason Wikipedia is not accepted (200 – 250 words)

Credibility is viewed as the judgments a user applies when considering the quality of a work (Epping & Wilder, 2011). Aspects such as expertise, trust, and reliability influence credibility. Due to Wikipedia being an open source website the credibility of the information it displays is often altered and thus it is not appropriate for use in academic assignments. Being an open source site means the information on the Wikipedia page can be changed by anyone and thus can be unreliable and inconsistence. The credibility of Wikipedia as an academic source is lessened or to difficult to establish due to the constantly changing nature of the page. Fogg (2003) states credibility is increased when feelings of trust and expertise are strong. However it is very difficult to establish the level expertise of writer of the information and without the ability to inspect supporting affiliations the credibility of any material sourced through Wikipedia is effected (Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, 2004). Thus, due to the ever-changing nature of Wikipedia, the lack of reliability, dependability and clarification of expertise Wikipedia is not considered a reliable academic source.


Epping, L. L., & Wilder, W. M. (2011). Factors impacting the credibility of website disclosures. Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, 9(1), 27-46. doi:10.1108/19852511111139787

Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the World Wide Web. In Persuasive Technology: Using Computers  to Change What We Think and Do (pp. 122‐125). Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann  Publishers

Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. (2004) Stanford web credibility research. Retrieved from