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Before you begin the tutorial, have a look at some different types of web sites. Many sites will fall into more than one category. Click for examples.


Advocacy- Advocacy sites often solicit contributions, encourage activism, or try to sway public opinion. Examples: PETA, Human Rights Watch, Handgun Control

Commercial- Commercial sites often Display advertising and product information, provide customer service, and promote a particular business or industry. Examples: Kleenex, UPS, Why Milk?

Informational- Informational sites provide data or statistics, schedules, and directories or other factual information. Examples: National Climatic Data Center, SEPTA,

Educational- Educational sites often have URLs ending in .edu, but don't need to end in .edu to be educational. They promote educational institutions and provide access to their services. Examples: Africans in America by PBS, Drexel University.  Be aware, however, that many educational institutions provide personal web space for individuals affiliated with the institution; these pages may be conveying the author's personal interests.  Example: Annals of Sir Richard Burton.

Entertainment- Entertainment sites may amuse with humor, satire, or games, provide music or moving images, or provide news, advertising, and other information about entertainment industries. Examples: The Onion,, Internet Movie Database

News- News sites provide current information on local, regional, national, or international events. They may be devoted to one particular kind of news, such as business or fashion. They may also be related to a pring magazine or newspaper, or a television broadcast.
FashionNet, CNN

Personal- Personal sites showcase an individual's talents, hobbies, or personal interests. Personal sites may act as a homepage for an individual's favorite links or provide a forum for an individual's thoughts and opinions. Examples: CityWorm, TK421's Links, Laura's NYC Tales