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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


Web page types

The Web pages most useful for research generally fall into four basic categories (based on those identified by Alexander and Tate).

  1. Informational Pages, which include independent and scholarly research, reference sources, and fact sheets.
  2. News and Journalistic Sources, including news wire sites, electronic journals, and online magazines and newspapers.
  3. Advocacy Pages are Web sites created to "raise consciousness" about a particular view of an issue. They are most often sponsored by non-profit organizations, but independent-minded activists often publish their own literature.
  4. Personal Home Pages are fairly informal places where authors can publish their resumes; list links to their favorite sites; and promote their many publications, accomplishments, and miscellaneous ideas.

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1997 Craig Branham
Saint Louis University
Created: 03-April-97
Last Modified: 06-Oct-97

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