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Evaluate info from the world wide web
What one should pay attention to...
The Internet is full of informative internet pages and also lists of websites often contain references to interesting subjects. The problem is that the reliability and correctness of this info can be difficult to check.
The first thing one should review is of course the origin of the found info. If we talk about scientific internet pages which make available their publications online, the contents were already checked by an editor who knows a lot about the respective field. Private homepages as a source of information carry the risk that the posted stories only convey personal opinions and not currently investigated facts.
Hence, while judging the value of information found on the internet you should always try first to investigate about the publisher of the info: If the publisher is a person, one should search for the curriculum vitae of this person to ascertain his training and qualification in the respective field. If a company or institution has written the page, one should find out which purposes and aims the respective company has in order to be able to better evaluate the offered info. These data can often be found in the contact information of the respective website, sometimes it also helps to check the owner of the website in the Whois database.
Of course it is also interesting what other pages concerned with the respective field of knowledge think about the person or company in question. This way one can check whether other internet pages refer to the story you found - good info is quoted more often than badly investigated internet pages.
Websites sometimes have a sponsor, and in this case one must ask whether the financier maybe has taken influence on the contents of the posted stories. Also websites showing advertisements often only publish contents which are approved by the respective advertising partners.
The url of an internet page can give you a hint to the author of a story. Pages that contain the character ~ are mostly written by private individuals. The domain endings .edu, .gov, and .org stand for academic websites, pages of the government and beneficial organizations.
Since the actuality of found information is often important, one should check whether the respective internet page carries a creation or update date or specifies in other ways, when the story was updated the last time.
Of course the audience of a website also plays a role: Sites which are written for scientific visitors will present other info than, e.g., internet pages for children. The intended audience can also influence the published contents itself, because, e.g., religious, political or cultural conceptions can lead to a different judgment of the same data. Therefore a good informational page should always clearly indicate whether it wants to offer a short introduction or a detailed insight into a subject and which parts of the text convey the personal opinion of the author. Of course quotations should always indicate the authors of the respective original works.
Finally one should not forget about the purpose of the respective information when evaluating stories on internet pages: Some stories want to inform, others sell a product or represent a certain opinion.
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Lists of Webpages, Webpages on the World Wide Web
Nowadays many lists of webpages (including these pages on Avalonís Treasury) offer the possibility to not only provide a title and a short description for your site but to also publish a whole story that points to your website. You should use this opportunity since an informative story acquires much more new visitors for your internet pages than a simple entry in a list of websites.
Texts for the internet should be written differently than stories for a newspaper or a book: Since most of the visitors of an internet page only skim through the offered texts in order to find the information they seek as quickly as possible a solid structure of your story is crucial for its success. It is therefore best to already start your text with a summarizing overview and to only then present the detail information step by step - this way your readers will know from the beginning what the text will be about.
Use short paragraphs that structure your story in single ideas - a maximum of 3-4 sentences per paragraph is ideal. Besides the main heading of the story subheadings should be used so that visitors can find the part of the text they are interested in by skimming. The headings should not be longer than 10 words and summarize the following part of the story in an informative way. Also the usage of bold and italic words offers the possibility to highlight important passages of the text. But italic characters can be hard to read on screen - if they are used to mark citations quotation marks therefore can be used as an alternative for highlighting.
All structural elements mentioned so far make it easier to quickly skim through a text and to find the information sought. For the same purpose also bulleted lists are ideal especially if you want to talk about different facts that you have to present in a structured manner. It is also true that numbered lists can enhance the overall clearness if you want to talk about a fixed number of ideas (e.g. The 10 best Methods to make your Website famous). Also images and references structure a story: Images can enhance the interest for a text further by using an informative caption and references can lead to the originator of a quotation - these citations are best marked by coloured text to make them stand out even more.
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- Website: Our short description is "Webshop for Books about Alternative Health and Crystal Healing and Jewelry".
- Page: Websites and stories about "Lists of Webpages, Webpages on the World Wide Web" can be found on this page.
Well structured stories are an important possibility to make the own website more popular and to stress your personal expertise in a field of knowledge. If you take care that your visitors can skim through the content of your stories in order to find the important things they want to know you will soon gain additional guests for your website thereby increasing your reputation on the internet.