Example of Finding the Author using the URL>

The URL or address of a Web page may have a link to information about the author. The URL consists of two main parts:

1. the address of the sponsoring organizationís web server:

http://guides.library.ualberta.ca

2. the directory structure, with each directory separated by a slash, in which this particular page is located:

http://guides.library.ualberta.ca/citation_internet

Sometimes authorís are provided with their own directory within this structure. If they treat it as their personal homepage, the author will usually provide their name and information about themselves, such as their credentials and affiliations, which can help you judge their expertise. Often, but not always, these personal directories are identified with a tilde ď~Ē in front of the directory name (usually a form of the authorís name). Deconstructing the URL, by deleting the trailing directories, will reveal the authorís personal page if it is present.