Source Evaluation: URLs:
URLs can tell us a LOT of information about the kind of information posted to a website, but you need to know how to read a URL carefully.
- Look for the domain name.
- In www.midpac.edu, “midpac” is the name of the company/organization that owns the computer server hosting the webpage or website and .edu tells you that it is an educational institution.
- www.amazon.com, tells you that Amazon the company owns the server and .com tells you that it is a general or commercial site.
- There are MANY types of domains, but here are some common ones:
- .edu - Typically a college or university (Mid-Pacific is an unusual exception)
- .com - General or commercial
- .gov - Government
- .mil - Military
- .org - Organization (Typically “not-for-profit”)
- Hint: Look for personal sites
- Sometimes you see sites that look like they are from a university such as http://www.columbia.edu/~dwee808/mydogiscute.htm
- ~dwee808 shows you that this is a personal site on a server owned by Columbia University. The user “dwee808” (probably a student or teacher) creates and is responsible for the information on the the site, rather Columbia University.