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How Web Resources Have Modernized the World Wide Web

A web resource is actually anything that can be found in the world wide web. This includes web services, databases, and webpages. While there are many web resources nowadays, they are very different to what was in place at the inception of the internet.

The web relied on static documents in those times and that limited the way information was handled and displayed. Nowadays, there has been a shift from static to dynamic web pages that display information in response to the actions of a visitor. This has made it easier to obtain any web resource from the internet. Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), are mediums used to identify a web resource on the internet.

Rise of the search engines
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During the inception of the web, information couldn’t be accessed from a central resource. You had to remember the URLs of each resource in order to access it. With time, directories were created and this brought about some organization to the internet. The development of more directories meant that some websites were only available in some directories and not others. It made it tougher to locate what you were searching for, especially if it wasn’t in a popular directory.
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Search engines harnessed the power of directories and provided a better way or searching through them. To find a resource, you didn’t need to know its specific URL. Search engines made things easier but still can’t index some content such as what is only availed to subscribers.

Search engines not only crawl the internet, but also have some interface that allow users to interact with information that has been retrieved. This is made possible through special algorithms. Automated programs take over the process of sorting, tagging, indexing, ranking, and retrieving information.

How to evaluate the search results

While search engines have revolutionized access to web resources, this doesn’t mean that you will always get helpful information with every search. Everyone can post information on the internet and some people use this chance to post malicious information. This is why it is important to evaluate information before you cite or use it as a web resource.

To evaluate a web resource, you have to check the URL. Check the format of the URL, name of the domain, who published it, and its type. A government domain is different from the educational, commercial, or military domain. Next, you have to look at the resources cited and the author of the content in the domain. Lastly, you need to check the comments, opinions, and links pointing to the site. It is only through thorough evaluation of the source that you can be sure of getting credible information.

Donna Mitchell