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LSA Library Website: Scholarly Websites

Website, Webpage * WWW: Definitions & Facts

WEBSITE = A Web site is a related collection of World Wide Web (WWW) files that includes a beginning file called a home page. A company or an individual tells you how to get to their Web site by giving you the address of their home page. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on their site.



"Please note that a Web page (or web article) is not the same thing as a Web site. A Web site is a collection of pages. A Web page (aka web article) is an individual HTML document. This is a good distinction to know, as most techies have little tolerance for people who mix up the two terms."

Scholarly Sources: Website Evaluation - A-B-C-D-E!

Do not use Wikipedia for School Reports!!!!  Why?

Authority – Site lists the author's credentials and has a preferable domain (ex. .gov, .edu).
Bias -  Site provides accurate, objective, information with limited advertising 

Currency – Site is updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links are up-to-date.

Design – Site is professional, easy to navigate, no spelling/grammatical errors.

Excellent Fit - Content of site matches research question

Website citations require that its URLAuthor/webmaster, sponsoring organization, and update info. Look on homepage or "About Us" tab

 control site/domain

site:edu    site:org   or  site:gov

All Topics

The Arts




Literature: Digitized Public Domain Literature


Literature: Literary Criticism


Primary Sources


Science: General

Social Studies: History

Social Studies: Countries/Regions

Social Studies: Federal/U.S. Government

Social Studies: Rhode Island

World Languages