Types of Web Pages


The World Wide Web is an extraordinarily rich source of information. However, sifting through documents retrieved from the vastness of cyberspace can be a daunting task. It is not unusual to find a mixture of invalid, authoritative, biased, or objective information among your search results. Savvy searchers identify web page "types" and apply evaluation criteria to help locate high quality information that supports their research topic.


What does the URL (Web address) say about the producer of the web site, and its purpose?

.gov Government agency
.net Internet Service Provider
.com Commercial site
.edu Higher education
.mil Military site
.org Organization; may be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group


Anyone is able to get a .net, .com, or .org account. However, .gov and .mil sites are limited to government agencies and .edu sites are limited to higher education organizations. Because of these limitations, .gov and .edu sites tend to be more reliable than other sites. 


Web Search Hint: You can limit web searches by these designations by using the site: feature. For instance, if you want to search for economic statistics but wanted your results to be limited to government sites you can search economic statistics site:.gov to limit your results to goverment websites. Similarly, if you are looking for information on military benefits, you might search benefits site:.mil to uncover all military web site information on benefits.



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.org sites tend to be more reliable than .gov or .edu sites.



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