Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia that contains articles about nearly any topic. It may be tempting to use it as a resource for an assignment, but keep in mind that most instructors WILL NOT accept wikipedia as an acceptable source.
Why? Wikipedia entries can be edited by anyone that has access to a computer and creates a Wikipedia account. This may compromise the quality of information that may appear in Wikipedia entries.
Although Wikipedia can be a great place to begin understanding your topic, the fact that it is a "one stop shop" may prevent students from exploring further. We encourage students to use a variety of quality web sources to enhance their research.
The URL for a website can tell you a lot about the purpose of a webpage.
.com = commercial site
.net = commercial site or network provider
.org = organization (although anyone can get a .org domain name)
.edu =education - school or university
.mil = military website
.gov = government website
.com, .net, and .org sites are less regulated, meaning anyone can register for a website with that domain. .edu, .mil, and .gov sites are MORE REGULATED, and tend to be more reliable.