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COL 107 & 111: Evaluating Sources

Anyone can publish on the internet; be selective.


The domain name gives some indication of the source and intended audience of a web address.

  • .com - generally a commercial site
  •  .edu - educational institutions
  •  .gov - U.S. government 
  •  .org - organizations (some non-profit) 
  •  .int - international organizations
  •  .mil - U.S. military organizations
  • .net -  catch-all for sites not using .com, open to anyone (some administrative sites) 
  • .biz - usually intended for businesses
  • .info - another catch-all, open to anyone


IANA Root Zone Database maintains details about top level domain names

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