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The way information is organized on web sites varies greatly and it can be difficult to know who created the site or even the intended purpose of the site. However, you can learn a little bit about the creator and purpose by identifying the domain of the site in the address of the page. Below is a table that explains the most common domain names.

Domain
Meaning
Example
.edu
created at a college or university
www.indiana.edu
.gov
created by an official U.S. federal agency or office
www.whitehouse.gov
.org
varies - in most cases the site was created by an organization
www.pbs.org
.com
varies - in many cases the site was created for commercial, for-profit purpose.
www.amazon.com
.net
varies greatly - often indicates that the site was created by a person, group, etc. that uses an internet service provider
www.earthlink.net
.mil
created by the U.S. Military
www.army.mil
.in.us
US, Indiana state
Note: the .US domain requires a state code as a second level domain
www.state.in.us
 
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