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COMM 394 Agarwal: Evaluating Web Sources

Website URL endings

Endings can indicate reliability

Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable. State and city websites are of similar high quality.

.EDU - often refers to a reliable educational website.

.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.

.COM - stands for "Commerce" and is used for business. Information on such a website will contain a large amount of bias. Approach with skepticism.

Evaluating your sources

Video credit: North Carolina State University Libraries