How do you know if the information you find on the internet is accurate and reliable?
Interrogate the authors of the page:
"Who are you, and what do you want?"
If you don't like the answers, don't use that page - find your information elsewhere.
Looking at the domain of the website can give you a good idea of its focus. For example, a commercial website is likely to be focused on selling a product, while a website from an educational institution is likely to be focused on providing information.
Different countries follow different patterns for domain codes. Australia follows the American pattern while New Zealand follows the British pattern. America is the only country without a country domain.
|.edu / .ac||educational institutions|
|.gov / .govt||government departments|
|.com / .co||commercial body, company, personal websites|
|.net||networks, personal websites|
The author / owner is generally found in the website's header
The date the page was created or updated is usually found in the footer. Out of date web pages may provide inaccurate information
Is the purpose of the website stated? Is it scholarly or informational?
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