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 have learned to identify web page "types" and to apply evaluation criteria to help them find 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 & .mil sites are limited to government agencies and .edu sites are limited to higher education organizations. Because of this fact, .gov and .edu sites tend to be more reliable than the others, are not merely anonymous resources. 


Web Search Hint: You can actually limit web searches by these designations by using the "site:" feature. For instance, if you wanted to search for economic statistics but wanted your results to be limited to government sites you can search 'economic statistics site:.gov' and your results will be limited to goverment websites. Similarly, if you were looking for information on military benefits, you might try the 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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