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POSC 103: Websites

Evaluating Websites

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

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.

.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. Approach with skepticism.


The endings are not a guarantee, however. To go beyond evaluating the website URL ending use this checklist of criteria:

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