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FS 100/103 - College Success - Burns

Types of Websites

As a starting point for evaluating websites, one might use the part of the web address immediately after the "dot" (for example, .com) to try to determine the reliability of the information.

 

URL

Type

Purpose

.com

Commercial sites

Typically trying to sell products or make money through ads. 

.org

Organizations, usually non-profit

Often have agendas, try to influence opinion, wide range of credibility

.edu

Educational Institutions

College and university information, libraries

.gov

Government Agencies

Statistics, public information, facts


 

Limit your Google search to .gov or .edu sites by adding site:.edu or site:.gov after your search terms: