Finding Information on the Internet

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Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial Evaluating Web Pages:    Questions to Ask   UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops About This Tutorial  | Table of Contents  | Contact us   Looking for the  Web Page Evaluation Checklist PDF form ? Evaluating web pages skillfully requires you to do two things at once: 1. Train your eye and your fingers to employ a series of  techniques  that help you quickly find what  you need to know about web pages; 2. Train your mind to think critically, even suspiciously, by  asking a series of questions  that will  help you decide how much a web page is to be trusted. This page is organized to combine the two techniques into a process that begins with looking at your  search results from a search engine or other source, follows through by investigating the content of page,  and extends beyond the page to what others may say about the page or its author(s). 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation :   1. Before you leave the list of search results -- before you click and get interested in anything  written on the page -- glean all you can from the URLs of each page.  2. Then choose pages most likely to be reliable and authentic.  Questions to ask: What are the implications? Is it somebody's  personal page Read the  URL  carefully:  o Look for a personal name (e.g.,  jbarker  or  barker ) following a tilde (  ~  ), a percent sign ( % ),  or or the words "users," "members," or "people." o Is the server a commercial  ISP  or other provider of web page hosting (like or Personal pages are not necessarily "bad," but you need to investigate the author carefully. For personal pages, there is no publisher or domain owner vouching for the information in the page. What type of  domain  does it come from ?   (educational, nonprofit, commercial, government, etc.)  Is the domain extension appropriate for the content?  o Government sites: look for .gov, .mil o Educational sites: look for .edu 
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o Nonprofit organizations: look for .org (though this is no longer restricted to nonprofits) Many  country codes , such as .us, .uk. and .de, are no longer tightly controlled and may be  misused. Look at the country code, but also use the techniques in sections 2 and 4 below to see  who published the web page. Look for appropriateness. What kind of information source do you think is most reliable for your topic?
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