Search engines are a useful tool, but how can students get the best results from them? This programme helps students develop a critical approach to conducting online research.
The web address will indicate the type of site it is and therefore something of the authority, accuracy, purpose and even intended audience of the site:
.gov = government site
.edu = educational site
.com = commercial site
.org/.net = organisational site
The web address will also give you an indication of geographical relevance:
.au = Australia
.uk = United Kingdon
.jp = Japan
Wikipedia is very good in terms of its "currency" and the background information it provides. It has a transparent editorial process where you can access discussions around the information included.
But remember that like the internet generally the contributors to Wikipedia have no necessary "authority" or expertise. It is important to check the information for "accuracy". Don't rely on information you obtain there and ensure that it is consistent with other sources.