Domain Names

The domain name tells you the type of organization sponsoring a page. It is a three-letter code that is part of the URL and preceded by a "dot." Here are the most common domains.

.edu

educational institution

Even though a page comes from an educational institution, it does not mean the institution endorses the views published by students or faculty members.

.com

commercial entity

Companies advertise, sell products, and publish annual reports and other company information on the Web. Many online newspapers or journals also have .com names.

.gov

government

Federal and state government agencies use the Web to publish legislation, census information, weather data, tax forms and many other documents.

.org

non-profit organization

Nonprofit organizations use the Web to promote their causes. These pages are good sources to use when comparing different sides of an issue.

There is also country names such as .ca for Canada and .kr for the Republic of Korea.