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Research: Reading URLs


One of the first steps in evaluating information from the internet is to read its URL.  URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and simply is the address of the website.  Each page on the website will have its own address or unique URL.  You can tell a lot from a URL ... Use the strategies below to help read and evaluate the URLs for Search Engine results as well as use the URL to search for information from specific sites.

Internet Domain Extensions

Watch this video to learn how to use the URL of a website to help you evaluate the site's credibility and perspective. Although this video features information about the United States government it equally applies to the Australian government.

Personal Websites

Beware of the tilda in the URL.  The tilda is the symbol which appears above.  In a URL the tilda usually appears before a person's name.  This signifies the website is a personal site and should be used with caution as it will likely contain bias.

Country Extensions

Use these country extenstions to search Google for specific perspectives on a research topic. For example, searching for information on Hinduism from an Indian perspective is possible using the following search.

This search will return only results on Hinduism from India.