URL Breakdown: You can learn a lot of information just from looking at the URL. Domain names, extensions (aka Top Level Domains or TLDs), and symbols can tell us a lot about a site before we even click on it. In his terrific book, Web Literacy for Educators, Alan November explains the breakdown of a URL and how to use it to evaluate a webpage. He suggests three question to ask about a URL:

  1. Do you recognize the domain name?
  2. What is the extension of the domain name?
  3. Are you on a personal page?