A Guide for Linking: What is a useful hyperlink?



A useful hyperlink (or “link”) provides a meaningful connection between two online locations.
The most useful links will point out a meaningful connection between your Middle Ages topic and the topic of the other page.

Example of a meaningful hyperlink choice:

The group creating the Black Plague wikipage writes about how the conditions brought on by the plague effected the actions of the king of France. When reading the Monarchs wikipage, a description of that king’s action is mentioned.

Creating a link from the specific section of the Black Plague wiki to a specific section of the Monarchs wiki allows readers to learn more about the connection between the Black Plague and Monarchs in the Middle Ages.

Example of a less meaningful hyperlink choice:

The group creating the Adhesives page writes about how Xarnon was a monarch in the Middle Ages and adds a link to the Monarchs page.

This link is obvious (we already know he’s a monarch) and does not add anything to the reader’s understanding of the Middle Ages.*

When you are creating your five links, make sure you can answer “yes” to the following questions about your link:
1. Does this link accomplish more than pointing out the obvious?
2.Have I linked from a specific section within my page to a specific section in the destination page?
3.Have I learned more about the connection between my topic and the other group’s topic as a result of creating this link?
4.Would a reader who knows nothing about the Middle Ages have a better idea of the Middle Ages as a result of the connection I am making between the item on my wikipage and the item on the other group’s wikipage?


* Note: you should forgive the author of the Adhesives page for this poor performance because there were no subsections to link to on the other wikipages at the time he created the Sample Page.