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Plant sciences

A guide to plant sciences resources available from ANU Library.

Domain names

Domain names (url address) are one of the quickest and most effective ways of identifying a web page. Learning to read domain names will enable you to quickly identity a web page’s country of origin (e.g. .au, .uk, .jp), and the entity (e.g. .edu, .gov, .org.) that has produced the page.

When you run a search using a search engine, often the full web address will be displayed along with the results. Before opening the web page, you can often check the web address and get an idea of the type of organisation or group who has published the site. This allows you to begin evaluating the quality of the information before you even open it

Domain

What does it mean?

An example

edu

An educational institution, e.g.: a university, colleges or high schools.

(Primary schools also use .edu)

yale.edu – Yale University, USA

harvard.edu – Harvard University, USA

uni-stuttgart.de – University of Stuttgart, Germany (Germany doesn’t use the edu domain)

edu.au

Australian educational institution

anu.edu.au – ANU

cit.act.edu.au – Canberra Institute of Technology

unsw.edu.au – University of New South Wales in Sydney

kurnaicollege.vic.edu.au – Kurnai College (high school), Victoria

ac.uk

The .ac refers to “academic” and is used by United Kingdom, Indian and Japanese universities

ox.ac.uk – University of Oxford, England

ed.ac.uk – University of Edinburgh, Scotland

du.ac.in – University of Delhi

u-tokyo.ac.jp – University of Tokyo

gov (or go)

Government departments

defence.gov.au – Department of Defence, Australia

dfat.gov.au – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

deplu.go.id – Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

org

An organisation, usually non-profit and community groups

alia.org.au – Australian Library and Information Association

satsonline.org – South African Theological Seminary

asn

An association

kooyongltc.asn.au – Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Incorporated

apesma.asn.au – Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia

com

Commercial or company

ebay.com.au – an online auction site

webshots.com – lovely photographs!

Domain

What does it mean?

An example

co.uk

United Kingdom commercial

news.bbc.co.uk – British Broadcasting Commission

bookshop.co.uk – WH Smith Internet Bookshop

net

A networked organisation

abc.net.au – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

blackdog.net – a fun, children’s game site

Some country domains

au

Australia

in

India

pg

Papua New Guinea

ca

Canada

jp

Japan

uk

United Kingdom

cn

China

nz

New Zealand

vn

Vietnam

id

Indonesia

bw

Botswana

my

Malaysia

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