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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Carol Ann Hackley

First Committee Member

Brett DeBoer

Second Committee Member

R. Alan Ray


The Internet is an incredibly complex and understudied communication channel. In a state of constant flux, the Net continues to give rise to new and farreaching types of interaction among its users. The Internet and its infinite web sites are at the global community's disposal. The abundance and selection of information has made the Internet the tool of all trades. Because of the prominent place the Net has assumed, it is important for web sites to be perceived as credible.

The current study is based on the results of a large-scale study conducted by Stanford University Persuasive Technology Lab in 2002. Stanford determined that 46.1 percent of the time, respondents judged a web site as credible, based on "design/look" of the web site. The current study replicates the Stanford findings, on a smaller scale, and forges an empirical link between specific design variables and the theory of source credibility.



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