How can you identify valuable sources for your research?
Evaluate each source for…
In addition to being aware of all the above evaluation criteria, the URL can give you hints about the nature of a website.
Host or Hostname – On this website, the host or hostname is guides.temple.edu. The host is whatever comes between the protocol and the first slash. It refers to the server the page is hosted on.
The content of the page should seem to match the host. If this page’s host was liberry.tampel.net, for example, you probably wouldn’t want to trust this information.
Top-Level Domain – Here is a list of the most common TLDs and their intended use:
In addition to these TLDs, there are also country code TLDs that reflect the country the site was created in. Most sites created in the US don’t use their .us code, but most other countries do. The United Kingdom uses .uk, Russia uses .ru, Germany uses .de, South Africa uses .za, China uses .cn, etc.