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Most-used top-level categories at 49 university Web sites

A complete census of navigation terms (links, categories, tools, etc.) used on any home page was compiled. Universities were chosen for inclusion based on Ivy membership, academic reputation, technology application, size, and/or geographical distribution (US and representative non-US English-language web sites).

Some sites displayed up to three hierarchical levels (navigational subcategories) on the home page proper; the census reflects the level at which each term appeared). The terms were grouped by topical affinity and the resulting categories tested for frequency of occurrence. A weighted ranking was used to list the categories in descending order. Occurrences of terms appearing at the top level (TL) were assigned 3 points, those at the second level (2L) 2 points, and those at the third level (3L) 1 point. The sum of these values (Pts) was used to order the list.

The results below are divided into three sections:

1. Results of the rankings (ordered list of 63 categories)
2. Terms that did not fall under any of the categories (total 130)
3. Universities included (in alphabetical order with URLs)


1. Results of the rankings


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TL-2L-3L-Pts Search string
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59-25-14-241 SEARCH \ YAHOO \ FIND 
48-35- 5-219 INFO \ FACTS
28-38- 0-160 WEB \ HOME PAGE \ HOMEPAGE \ INTERNET \ WWW \ GOPHER \ SERVER \ LINK \ FTP 
28-37- 2-160 SERVICE
34-23- 1-149 WHAT'S NEW \ NEW
33-22- 1-144 STUDENT
24-31- 0-134 ACADEMIC \ PROGRAMS \ CENTERS 
24-23- 2-120 LIBRARY \ LIBRARIES \ MUSEUM \ CATALOG 
11-31-24-119 SCHOOL \ COLLEGE \ DIVISION \ INSTITUTE \ FACULTIES 
24-13-14-112 RESEARCH
27-13- 1-108 EVENT \ LIFE
26-15- 0-108 CAMPUS
23-18- 0-105 ADMISSION \ APPLY
26-13- 0-104 ALUMNI
22-16- 0- 98 PHONE \ DIRECTORY \ DIRECTORIES 
24- 8- 0- 88 ABOUT \ AT A GLANCE \ INTRO 
16-17- 1- 83 NEWS \ JOURNAL \ ALERT 
19-13- 0- 83 ADMINISTRAT
15-16- 3- 80 COMPUTER \ COMPUTING
15-13- 0- 71 RESOURCES
10-19- 1- 69 ORGANIZATION \ UNION \ GROUP \ ACTIVIT \ CLUB 
11-12- 9- 66 FACULTY
13-13- 0- 65 SPORT \ ATHLETIC \ INTRAMURAL \ VARSITY 
15- 5- 0- 55 HOME \ WELCOME \ MAIN & ^HOMEPAGE & ^HOME PAGE 
 8-15- 0- 54 CALENDAR \ CALENDER
11- 7- 0- 47 HELP
 5-16- 0- 47 COURSE \ CLASS
10- 7- 0- 44 BOOK
 3-17- 0- 43 DEPARTMENT
 9- 6- 1- 40 STAFF
11- 3- 0- 39 TOUR \ VISIT
 3-14- 0- 37 JOB \ CAREER \ EMPLOYMENT 
 3-11- 4- 35 HEALTH \ HOSPITAL \ CLINIC \ MED 
 1-14- 3- 34 OFFICE
 0-17- 0- 34 GRAD
 8- 5- 0- 34 VISITOR \ GUIDE
 3-12- 0- 33 DEPARTMENTS
 3-12- 0- 33 MAP \ DIRECTIONS
 8- 3- 0- 30 PEOPLE & ^PHONE & ^DIRECTORY& ^DIRECTORIES 
 7- 2- 1- 26 QUEST \ FEEDBA \ TELL \ ASK \ (WHAT & ^WHAT'S NEW) \ WRITE \ COMMENT 
 7- 2- 0- 25 INDEX
 3- 8- 0- 25 ARTS & ^SCHOOL & ^COLLEGE 
 6- 3- 0- 24 PARTNERSHIP \ (COMMUNITY & ^COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE) 
 5- 3- 0- 21 FACULTY & STAFF
 3- 5- 0- 19 WEATHER
 3- 3- 1- 16 PUBLICATION
 2- 5- 0- 16 FINANCIAL AID
 2- 5- 0- 16 RESIDENCE \ RESIDENTIAL \ HOUSING \ LODGING \  LIVING 
 0- 8- 0- 16 UNDERGRAD
 4- 1- 0- 14 TEACHING
 0- 7- 0- 14 POLICIES \ POLICY \ HANDBOOK 
 1- 5- 0- 13 HISTORY \ BEGINN
 0- 6- 0- 12 REGISTRAR
 2- 3- 0- 12 REFERENCE
 3- 1- 0- 11 PARENT \ FRIEND \ FAMILY 
 1- 4- 0- 11 CONTINUING
 2- 1- 0- 8 ENDOWMENT \ GIV \ FUND \ CHARI \ DONAT \ DONOR     
 0- 4- 0- 8 POLICE \ SAFETY
 1- 2- 0- 7 MAIL & ^DIRECTORY & ^PHONE & ^DIRECTORIES 
 0- 3- 0- 6 REGISTRATION
 0- 2- 0- 4 FOOD \ DINING
 0- 1- 0- 2 ABROAD
 0- 1- 0- 2 HOTLINE
 
 

2. Other terms (total 130)


A YALE SAMPLER
ALPHABETIC LISTING
ANNOUNCEMENTS
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ADVERTISEMENTS
ASIAN NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER ASSOCIATED INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES
AUSTIN
BANNER
BEARINGS
BEYOND BROWN
BEYOND U-M
BRANCHES
BRIEF VIEW OF THE UNIV. OF TOKYO
BUDGET
BUSINESS AFFAIRS
CABLE TV
CENTRAL ADDRESS OF LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
CENTRAL STORES
CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE
CHAPEL
CHAPLAINS
CHRONICLE
COLLIS CENTER
COMMISSION ON TECHNOLOGY
COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE
CONFERENCE CENTER
CONSIDER KU
CONTACT US
CONTACTS
COOLSITES@CORNELL
CRYOGENIC CENTER
DARTMOUTH PROFILE
DARTMOUTH SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
DIALOGUE
DIGITAS
DIRECTORATE
DIVERSITY
DUKE MAGAZINE
EDUCATION
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND HUMAN RESOURCE TRADE ENCYCLOPEDIA/DICTIONARY
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER
EXECUTIVE EDUCATION
EXPRESSWAY CONGESTION
EXTRACURRICULAR
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (DUTCH)
FACILITIES OPEN TO ALL SCHOLARS IN JAPAN FACILITIES OPEN TO UNIV. OF TOKYO SCHOLARS FINANCIAL
FIRST STOP
FITNESS
GARDENS
GETTING AROUND NYU AND NYC
HONORS PROGRAM
HOUSTON
INSIDE EDITION
INTERCOM ONLINE
INTERNATIONAL CENTER
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR ELEMENTARY PARTICLE PHYSICS KALEDIOSCOPE
LABS
LECTURE HALL
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
LIAS
LICENSE AGREEMENTS
MELVYL
MICRO/STATION
MICROCENTER
MILLER THEATRE
MISSION STATEMENT
MOTOROLA UNIVERSITY PRESS
NCSA
NYU TODAY
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
ONLINE EDUCATION
ORION
OTHER PROVISIONS (DUTCH)
OUTREACH
OWLNET
PERSONAL PAGES
PHOTO OF THE ACADEMY BUILDING
PIPE ORGAN ASTOUNDS
PLUS
PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT'S CHOICE
PRESS RELEASES
PUBLIC FORUMS
RADIOISOTOPE CENTER
RECENT CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
REPORTING PROBLEMS
ROCKEFELLER CENTER FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES ROGER
ROOM SCHEDULE
SAINT LOUIS
SAN DIEGO
SEMINARS AND UNIVERSITY SOCIETIES
SEMINOLE BOOSTERS
SHOWCASE
SITE ANNOUNCEMENTS
SMF
SOFTWARE
SPECIAL WORKSHOPS
STANFORD AREA
SUBJECT LISTINGS/SCHEDULE
SUMMER 1997
SUMMER SESSIONS
SUMMER STUDIES
TECHNOLOGY
TEXT ONLY VERSION
THE CAMBRIDGE AREA
THE PORTFOLIO COLLECTION
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
THE WORLD
THE WORLD
THIS IS CORNELL
THRESHER
TIPS
TODAY AT U-M
TRAIN TIMETABLES
TRAINING
U.S. UNIVERSITIES
UIC LIBARAY
UK AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
UNITS
UNIVERSAL TIMES
UNIVERSITY PLEDGE
UNIVERSITY SOCIETIES
UTACCESS
WORLD
WU RECORD

3. Universities included

 
(49 schools, 12/2/96)

Alberta (www.ualberta.ca/)
Berkeley (www.berkeley.edu/) 
Bologna (www.unibo.it/UK/default.htm)
Brown (www.brown.edu/)
BYU (www.byu.edu/)
Cambridge (www.cam.ac.uk/)
Chicago (www.uchicago.edu/) 
CMU (www.cmu.edu/)
Colorado-Boulder (www.colorado.edu/)
Columbia (www.columbia.edu/)
Cornell (www.cornell.edu/)
Dartmouth (www.dartmouth.edu/)
Delaware (www.udel.edu/) 
Duke (www.duke.edu/)
Florida (www.fsu.edu/)
Harvard (www.harvard.edu/)
Heidelberg (www.uni-heidelberg.de/)
Iowa (www.uiowa.edu/)
Kansas (www.ukans.edu/kufacts/)
Leiden (www.leidenuniv.nl/index_e.html)
McGill (www.mcgill.ca/
Michigan (www.umich.edu/)
Missouri (www.missouri.edu/)
MIT (web.mit.edu/)
Motorola University (www.mot.com/MU/)
New School (www.newschool.edu/)
Northwestern (www.nwu.edu/)
NYU (www.nyu.edu/)
Ohio State (www.cmu.edu/)
Oxford (www.ox.ca.uk/)
Penn (www.upenn.edu/)
Penn State (www.psu.edu/) 
Princeton (www.princeton.edu/)
Rice (www.rice.edu/)
Stanford (www.stanford.edu/)
Tokyo U. (www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/)
Toronto (www.toronto.edu/)
Tulane (www.tulane.edu/)
U of Phoenix (http://www.uophx.edu/phoenix/)
UC Davis (www.ucdavis)
UC San Diego (www.ucsd.edu/)
UCLA (www.ucla.edu/)
UIUC (www.uiuc.edu/)
University of Berne (www.unibe.ch/uni96/index.html)
Uppsala (www.uu.se/)
UT Austin (www.utexas.edu/)
Washington (www.wustl.edu/)
Willliam and Mary (www.wm.edu/)
Yale (www.yale.edu/)

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