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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2014 URL: http://libguides.indstate.edu/breastcancer Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is the Internet?

The Internet is a global network of computers that interconnect and exchange data.

An Intranet is a private network that belongs to a corporation, organization, institution, or person. It may be accessible from the Internet by anyone or it may be protected by security to allow only certain people access.

 

What is a Web site?

A Web site is a set of interconnected Web pages located on the same server (computer or computer system). All Web pages on a Web site start with the same domain name. For example, this Web page is located at libguides.indstate.edu/ 

Indiana State University's Web pages are all located at the domain www.indstate.edu/ 

If the domain name in the URL changes, you have left one Web site and gone into another. For example, when you click on EBSCO, you left library.indstate.edu/ and entered search.ebscohost.com/

 

Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Web Sites Tutorial

Anyone can put anything on the Internet. You need to evaluate each web page you look at.

  • Responsibility: Who is responsible for the web site?

     

    • URLs: What is the address (Uniform Resource Locator) of the site?

       

      • Top Level Domains: What is the domain (.edu, .org, .gov, etc.)?

         

      • .EDU: If it's a .edu page, is it a personal page or an official page?

         

    • About Us: What information can you find about the organization or authors?

       

  • Authority: How do you know that the authors know what they're talking about? What credentials do they have?

     

  • Purpose: What are the authors trying to do?

     

  • Documentation: Are there references, notes, bibliographies, or other citations of information sources?

     

  • Updates: When was the information on the site posted? When was the last time it was checked?

     

After considering these factors, if you're still not sure, ask a professor, your health professional, or a librarian.

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