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ENSP 102: Introduction to Environmental Policy

course guide for ensp 102

Web Suffixes

Anyone can create a Web site. It is important to find out who is the author and what are the author's qualifications or expertise in order to determine the credibility and reliability of the information.

Google search tips:
place phrases in quotes
limit results to particular types of information by using the site:.
example:
"affirmative action" site:.gov = materials from the government
"affirmative action" site:.org = materials from organizations

.com Produced by a commercial enterprise, trying to sell something or funded by advertisers
.edu From an educational institution (college, high school, museum)
.net Network of computers
.mil A military site
.gov Produced by the government
.org Produced by a nonprofit organization
.uk, .cn, .us, etc. A country-sponsored site
.md.us A web site from the state of Maryland

Ctiteria for Evaluating Resources

Below is a summary of web evaluation criteria. For more detailed information see the following guides:
Evaluating Web Sites (UM)
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Accuracy
    • How does this resource match up with others you've seen? 
    • Do the results seem plausible? 
  • Authority
    • Who created it? 
    • What are the qualifications of the creator?
  • Content
    • Is this written in a ‘professional’ manner?  
    • Is it sloppy? 
    • What kind of evidence does the creator use to support what they are saying?
  • Purpose
    • Is this written in an objective, detached way? 
    • Is this someone’s personal opinion? 
    • Who is the intended audience?
  • Timeliness
    • When was this produced?
    • If a website, when was this updated last? 
    • How old are the works that are foot-noted/cited?