By using a browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, the Internet allows you to access websites that offer a variety of information. Websites contain more than just text; some may also include sounds, images, and video. Website content authors can be anyone from amateurs to subject experts, and the purpose of a website can range from offering entertainment to providing information and more. 

When do I use a website?

Use a website to find information about any topic, but especially when you need the following:

    • to find current information
    • to find information from all levels of government, federal to local
    • to find both expert and popular opinions
    • to find information about hobbies and personal interests 

    How do I find a website?

    Look for a website by either using the URL address found in a reference or by using a search engine such as Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.  

    How is a website organized?

    Some websites are a single page while others are a group of pages. Most have menus or navigation bars -- at the top or on the left side, that list the pages or sections within the website. Also, many have search boxes to help users find information within the website. Web pages may be divided into sections with headings. Scan the headings to see which parts of the page may answer your question. Or, to find specific words on a page, use the find function. Use Control + F (or Command + F for Macs) to open a search box.

    How do I know if I should use a website?

    Searching is not evaluating. Anyone can publish on the Internet, so before you use any website, make sure the information is accurate and relevant. One way to evaluate the information on a website is to use the TRAAP method. This video offers more details.


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