In the November/December 2004 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools in her Media Center column, Mary Alice Anderson recommended adding links to Web sites that have reading lists. Noting that links are available on the Web, she said that, unfortunately, "there are far too many to mention." Luckily there is a method to locate and textually or graphically display links to sites that amplify the content of a useful Web site. The method can also be employed to assist in verifying the credibility of a Web resource and as a very effective search technique.
The method is link checking: finding Web sites with hyperlinks to a specific site such as Kathy Schrock's Guide to Educators [http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide], one of the Web's "Centers of Excellence." Hyperlinks, simply called "links," are those words and phrases (usually blue) or images on Web pages that, when selected, connect to another Web document that could be on another computer halfway across the world. Links have no hierarchy; they merely lead the researcher on different routes to other Web sites located in what MMIS Pipeline columnist Stephen Abram notes is the Web's "ocean of information." Think of a link as a recommendation for or a referral to another Web site that expands the subject matter of the linked page.
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