Do you know the difference between an Article, Review Article and web content?
Articles will usually contain:
- a summary or “abstract”
- a description of the research
- the results they got
- the significance of the results.
Review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles will teach you about:
- the main people working in a field
- recent major advances and discoveries
- significant gaps in the research
- current debates
- ideas of where research might go next
Review Articles are virtual gold mines if you want to find out what the key articles are for a given topic. If you read and thoroughly digest a good review article, you should be able to “talk the talk” about a given topic. Unlike research articles, review articles are good places to get a basic idea about a topic.
There are, essentially, two types of Web content:
Text as Web Content
Text is easy, it’s the written content that’s on the page, both inside images and in text blocks. The best textual Web content is that text that has been written for the Web, rather than simply copy-and-pasted from a print source. Textual Web content will also have good internal links to help readers get more information and aid in scanning the text. Finally, Web text will be written for a global audience as even local pages can be read by anyone around the world.
Multimedia Web Content
The other type of Web content is multimedia. To put it simply, multimedia is any content that isn’t text, but this includes a lot of different things: