Authority

Consider more than government and academic sites. Nonprofit institutions' URLs generally end in .org and can offer rich sources of information. The American Cancer Society provides up-to-date information on research into many aspects associated with different types of cancer. The URL endings are a guideline to a site's authority. Be warned. Some sites such as Wikipedia end in .org. While it is a nonprofit organization, information Wikipedia posts is NOT considered citable. Anyone can enter the site and create their own posts or add misleading or incorrect information to existing posts.

Other popular URL endings or extensions are .net for internet service providers and .mil for U. S. military websites. Can an individual not considered an expert in a subject develop a website because it's their hobby? Of course. Val was surprised that the History of Tattooing site she had found earlier was not only a class project; it was merely an interest of the site's author. An individual's hobby does not make that person an expert in the subject. The information may sound legitimate. But, if you cannot determine that the author has some type of expertise in the subject, try looking for another source. Commercial websites usually end with .com or .co. Individuals and businesses can buy a website name and post information that they want to disseminate. Remember, there are plenty of websites posted on the World Wide Web. Look for sites that are backed by a known authority.