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Anatomy of a page

Evaluating for relevance
Authority of a Web page
Evaluating for accuracy

Page types:

Informational pages
News sources
Advocacy web pages
Personal home pages

Web search strategies:

Getting started
Web directories
Search engines 1
Search engines 2
Citing online sources


Personal home pages

Personal home pages are like Web resumés, or calling cards. People often put the URL for their home page in the footer of all of their mail messages and Web pages to promote themselves and their interests. We have already seen how personal home pages provide invaluable information about the author of articles we may find online.

A glance at the personal home page of an author will often confirm suspicions the reader may develop about an author's special interests or credentials. Those authors who have a number of publications, both online and in print, are more likely to provide reliable sources. Authors' home pages will also provide you with links to more of their articles.

Examine the sites below. What do the home pages tell you about the authors' interests, and why might it be important to know about them? Which author seems more credible in his field?

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© 1997 Craig Branham
Saint Louis University
Created: 27-March-97
Last Modified: 06-Oct-97

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