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ENG 108: Researching Place: Internet

Fall 2011

What is the Internet?

The Internet is a global network of computers that interconnect and exchange data.

What is the WWW

The World Wide Web (WWW) is an information-sharing model for exchanging and making information accessible over the Internet. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international organization which develops Web standards that govern how it works and functions.

What is a Web site?

An Intranet is a private network that belongs to a corporation, organization, institution, or person. It may be accessible from the Internet by anyone or it may be protected by security to allow only certain people access.

A Web site is a set of interconnected Web pages located on the same server (computer or computer system). All Web pages on a Web site start with the same domain name. For example, this Web page is located at library.indianastate.edu/   Indiana State University's Web pages are all located at the domain www.indstate.edu/ 

If the domain name in the URL changes, you have left one Web site and gone into another. For example, when you click on EBSCO, you left library.indstate.edu/ and entered search.ebscohost.com/

Evaluating Web Sites

Anyone can put anything on the Internet. You need to evaluate each web page you look at.

  • Responsibility: Who is responsible for the web site?

     

    • URLs: What is the address (Uniform Resource Locator) of the site?

       

      • Top Level Domains: What is the domain (.edu, .org, .gov, etc.)?

         

      • .EDU: If it's a .edu page, is it a personal page or an official page?

         

    • About Us: What information can you find about the organization or authors?

       

  • Authority: How do you know that the authors know what they're talking about? What credentials do they have?

     

  • Purpose: What are the authors trying to do?

     

  • Documentation: Are there references, notes, bibliographies, or other citations of information sources?

     

  • Updates: When was the information on the site posted? When was the last time it was checked?

     

After considering these factors, if you're still not sure, ask a professor or a librarian.

Assessing Online Resources

Trickster Web Sites

Evaluate these Web sites. Which Web sites are respectable and which are trying to fool you?

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