Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify Web sites by domain, including commercial, nonprofit, educational, and government sites.
  • Be able to connect to Web sites via their URLs (addresses).
  • Understand the difference between "free" and "fee" Web sites.
  • Understand and be able to use a variety of Web searching tools.
map of U.S. with wires connecting many points across the country
graphic courtesy of NCSA
  • Identify at least three Web subject directories and find information within them by following links.
  • Be able to search using Boolean search terms, phrase searching, and advanced features.
  • Evaluate the content of a Web site utilizing standards of authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and level of coverage.
  • Analyze a specific Web site to determine its purpose, to identify the person or organization responsible for the information, the source of the information within the Web site, and when the Web site was created or updated.
  • Identify all of the information needed to cite a Web page source.
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