This module covers the Web as a resource for research.
When you have completed this module of EMPOWER, you will be able to:
The Internet is a global network comprised of many smaller networks that connect computers together. The technology behind the internet consists of many protocols that handle different functions.
Some examples of internet protocols are:
A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is like an address for a web page. Much like the address on an envelope with a name, street address, city, etc., each part of a URL provides information about the location of the web page. A web page is usually part of a larger web site, much like a page is part of a book.
Click through each tab below, to learn about parts of a URL.
The domain name of a website (for example: "edgewood.edu") is unique to the organization or individual who hosts that website. The top-level section of the domain name (for example: ".edu") will usually depend on the type of organization or the country that is hosting the website.
However, many top-level domains are unrestricted (meaning that they can be used for any type of website). So a website with a ".org" domain is not necessarily a legitimate organization.
There are hundreds of top-level domains. These are the most common ones:
.com - Used for businesses (unrestricted)
.edu - Used for colleges and universities (restricted)
.gov - Used for government entities within the U.S. (restricted)
.mil - Used for military entities within the U.S. (restricted)
.net - Used for network infrastructures (unrestricted)
.org - Used for other types of organizations (unrestricted)
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