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First Year Students: Evaluating Websites

A guide to help new students succeed at Stony Brook University.

Evaluating Information

A Note About .ORG Sites

Remember unlike .EDU or .GOV, a .ORG domain has no restrictions on registration. That means anyone can register a website with a URL ending in .ORG. Keep that in mind when evaluating information contained on .ORG sites. Many .ORG sites are used by reputable, non-profit organizations but .ORG doesn't necessarily indicate that the site is for a non-profit organization or that the information presented is reliable. If you're not sure do a little research on the organization.

If you don't believe it, go to or another domain registration site and see if is available.