Box 16Determining the title if there is no standard title page

While many databases/retrieval systems on the Internet display a traditional title page and clearly state the title, some sites do not. When there is no title page:

  • Look for the most prominent (usually the largest) wording on the opening screen
  • Look at the title bar of the Web browser (generally in the top left corner)
  • Look for the title in the source code of the database/retrieval system if it is displayed by the Web browser
  • If a title cannot be determined, construct a title by using the first series of words on the screen; place the constructed title in square brackets

From: Chapter 24, Databases/Retrieval Systems on the Internet

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