Anyone can publish on the internet so you need to be careful when you use information from the web for your academic work .
Remember that academic research is different from personal research. Your academic work needs to be based on well documented accurate information writen by authors who are expert in their subject fields.
Always consider whether the information you find on the web is accurate, up-to-date and appropiate for your assignment.
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The domain name can give you information about the site
The domain letters at the end of the URL identify the type of site:
.ie Irish site
.ac educational sites in UK, Canada and Australia
.gov government sites
.net network access companies
.org non-profit organizations
.int international organization
.info for unrestricted use
.name for personal use
.edu educational sites in United States
Use the who.is site to find who owns a domain name.