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Evaluating Internet Sources



This guide will assist you to evaluate information you get from the web.


  • Who is the author/producer of the document?
  • Is the author/producer an expert on the subject, as indicated on the credentials page?
  • Is the sponsor/location of the site appropriate to the materials as shown in the URL?
  • .biz for business organizations
  • .com for commercial products or commercially-sponsored sites
  • .edu for educational or research material
  • .gov for government resources
  • .info for unrestricted use
  • .int for international organizations
  • .mil for US Department of Defense
  • .name for personal use
  • .net for networks
  • .org for nonprofit organizations
    • * (~NAME in URL may indicate a personal Homepage with no official connections)
  • Does the author/producer provide a "Mail to" link that allows for feedback or submission of questions?

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