Link analysis home page
Part I: Theory
1. Introduction
2. Crawlers and search engines
3. Theoretical perspectives
4. Sampling & correlations
Part II: Web structure
5. Link structures in the web graph
6. Content structure of the web
Part III: Academic links
7. Universities – link types
8. Universities - link models
9. Universities - international
10. Departments and disciplines
11. Journals and articles
Part IV: Applications
12. Site design & search engines
13. Health check for universities
14. Personal home pages
15. Academic network analysis
16. Business web sites
Part V: Tools and techniques
17. Search engines & Archive
18. Personal crawlers
19. Data cleansing
20. Cybermetrics database
21. Embedded link analysis
22. Social network analysis
23. Network visualisation
24. Academic web indicators
Part VI: Summary
25. Summary & future directions
26. Glossary
Online Appendix
Ethical issues for crawlers

Reviews of this book

- follow-up book (2009):
Introduction to Webometrics


Part I: Theory

1. Introduction

The first four online chapter components don't contain any additional content, but many of the later ones do.

Links to Topics Not in the Book

This section will be updated to reflect topics that are relevant to the book but were not included.

Longitudinal web page change studies

These studies are useful for extra context on the evolution of the web. Markwell and Brooks (2003) cover decaying links in online education material.

Bar-Ilan, J., & Peritz, B. C. (2004). Evolution, continuity, and disappearance of documents on a specific topic on the Web: A longitudinal study of 'informetrics'. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55(11), 980 - 990.

Fetterly, D., Manasse, M., Najork, M., & Wiener. J. (2003). A large-scale study of the evolution of web pages. In: Proceedings of the 12th International World Wide Web Conference, Budapest, Hungary, May 2003.

Koehler, W. (2004). A longitudinal study of Web pages continued: a report after six years. Information Research, 9(2) paper 174.

Markwell, J. & Brooks, D.W. (2003). 'Link rot' limits the usefulness of Web-based educational materials in biochemistry and molecular biology. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 31(1), 69-72.


Abraham, R.H. (1996). Webometry: measuring the complexity of the World Wide Web. Visual Math Institute, University of California at Santa Cruz.

Bossy, M.J. (1995). The last of the litter: “Netometrics”. In: Les Sciences de l´information: bibliométrie, scientométrie, Infométrie. Presses Universitaires de Rennes. Also, Solaris, 2.

Larson, R. (1996). Bibliometrics of the world wide web: An exploratory analysis of the intellectual structure of cyberspace. Proceedings of ASIS96, 71-78.

Park, H. W. & Thelwall, M. (2003). Hyperlink analyses of the World Wide Web: A review, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 8(4).

Rousseau, R. (1997). Sitations: An exploratory study. Cybermetrics, 1(1).