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Reading Internet Addresses

Reading Web addresses (URLs)

Look at the URL:

Is it a personal page or does it belong to a site?   Indicators are ~  or  %  or users or members

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Domain name appropriate for the content?



 UK Equivalent

 .edu  education (HE and FE)
 .com   commerical (UK companies also use .com)
 .org  nonprofit and research organizations
 .gov  government
 .net  usually network related (more often .net)

Other countries .ie - Ireland; .au – Australia; .at - Austria .fr – France; .nl – Netherlands; .jp – Japan

.edu, .gov, etc are top level domains (TLDs). New TLDs coming along are: .aero (for the air-transport industry), .biz (for businesses), .coop (for cooperatives), .info (for all uses), .museum (for museums), .name (for individuals), and .pro (for professions). (For more information on domain names see InterNIC, and for more information about who has domain names see

Published by an entity that makes sense?

Is the news from the source you expect? (The Times)

Is this advice from a valid agency?

With acknowledgement to Joe Barker and John Kupersmith, UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops, some of this adapted Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (look under  "What can the URL tell you?”)
Last modified 23 Jan 2006