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PURPOSE

Web Sites Usually Fall into One of These Categories: 

  • Advocacy:  Often attempt to influence public opinion. Mainly useful for analyzing the organizations themselves. Domain suffix is usually .org. (Not all .org web sites are reliable! Some have been created by companies to market their products or services, but disguised as organizations.) Examples:

http://www.quitsmoking.org                       http://www.nea.org

  •  Business/Marketing: Commercial web sites that generally intend to sell their products or services. Sometimes provide information (balanced or biased) or other entertainment (games, music, etc.) to attract customers. Domain is usually .com. Examples:

http://www.cheerios.com                                     http://www.merck.com 

  •  Information: Tend to present factual information. Will require critical evaluation to verify reliability. Domain is usually .edu, .gov, .mil, or .org. (.edu stands for "education," .gov stands for "government," .mil stands for "military," .org stands for "organization") Examples:

http://www.lccc.edu            http://www.loc.gov            http://www.uscg.mil          http://www.lungusa.org 

  •  News: Provide current information. Usually include advertisements and might charge a fee for full access. Domain is usually .com. Examples:

          http://mcall.com                                                http://cnn.com 

  •  Personal: Usually for the promotion of an individual's ideas. May be informative or useless. Domain is usually .com, .net, or .edu (~ usually indicates a student or professor). Examples:

http://www.csulb.edu/~ttravis/GESI

http://www.sonic.net/~doretk/ArchiveARCHIVE/Aids/Aids.html

http://home.earthlink.net/~pawsreflect/vaccinosis.html 

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