SJSU Web Workshop


S. Gallardo













Three guidelines for researching on the web


I. Know your URL

II. Use trusted sources

III.  Evaluate your sources










I. Know your URL.

Usually, just seeing the address (URL) of a site will tell you several important

things -- this can help you quickly decide whether a site is worth investigating


A. The standard beginning

World Wide Web


















C. Actual name












D. Ending (suffix) 

Five major website suffixes:

1. Commercial


2. Educational


3. Government











4. Organizations

5.  Network ...

Finally, newer : .tv .info .biz .us .ws .tv

countries: .uk .mx .my .cn .ru .it etc….











D. So what do we know about these addresses?

Are these helpful academic sites? ? ?













II. Web-searching.  A reliable source?


A. Trust the source. Love your librarian.

for peer-reviewed resources:

>SJSU subject>W>WS>articles

















III. Evaluate your sources. Use your judgement and common sense.


.Evaluate the URL

.Find the “About Us” statement

.Assess author's qualifications

.Assess date, sources

.If unsure, scavenge...

Is it academically reliable?

Toolbox approach— Does it have value other than strictly academic?
















Keep these guidelines in mind when you do web searches!

Use your knowledge of urls to sift through search results.

Fred Korematsu


Tip: If you hit a broken link, try “backing up” to the last / in the url











I. Know & watch your url

II. Use trusted sources

III. Evaluate sources carefully.


Keep these in mind as you complete your worksheet....












Below are some of the links you’ll be using.

Google search engine

2. Project Vote Smart

4. Focus on the Family

     Family Research Lab


6. Warrick Dunn Foundation

7. International Parliamentary Union

9. Internet archive