Is This Website a
How to be a critical user of the Internet
Who, What, When, Where
of Internet Searching
Who created the
Is there an
Do they list
Is there contact
Who is the
are you getting?
Are there multiple
points of view
Does the author use
opinion words such
as always, never,
What is the tone: Is
Can the information
be verified through
When was the article • Is it current?
• Has it been
Where is the
Look at the URL.
Is this a
personal page or
What is the
.org, .net, .edu.,
Here are three guiding questions that can
help with finding out where the website is
Do you recognize the domain name?
2. What is the extension in the domain
3. Are you on a personal page?
What does the URL tell us?
The domain name is found after the http:// and
www. to the first forward slash /. For example in
the URL http://www.granbyschoolsma.org,
http://www.granbyscoolsma.org/ is the domain
A domain name can sometimes provide clues
about the quality of information of a site or tell
you what a site is about.
#1. Do you recognize the domain
.com and .net are examples of extensions. Extensions
are an important part of domain names.
Do you know what these stand for?
Which ones do you think are most reliable?
#2. What is the extension in the
You may or may not recognize the domain name
or extension of a URL. Keep reading past the first
forward slash / for more clues. If you are on a
personal page the information you are reading
may or may not be trustworthy.
The presence of a name in the URL such as jdoe
and a tilde ~ or % or the word users, people, or
members frequently means you are on a
#3. Are you on a personal page?
Why would I use
this site as a source
Can I verify this
Why was this site
published? Was it to
entertain, to inform,
to explain, to
persuade, to sell, or
of these things?
Scan your webpage and ask yourself:
Does the overall design look professional?
Are there any spelling mistakes or other
Are the links credible or broken?
Are there any advertisements?
Look for Quality
Look at the images and ask yourself the
Who created the images? Has credit been
Do they look like they have been
Could the scene in the photo really have
Look at the Images
Check out these sites. Are any of them real or are
they a hoax?
Is This a Hoax?