Tracking Down a “Page Not Found”
Some time ago, in the course of some research I was doing about the deep Web, I came across a post at ReadWriteWeb on the subject of using the deep Web to find digital images:
Sometimes you stumble across something that really makes you say “wow” and reminds you that there’s so much more to this internet thing than just the latest web app. Case in point is this article describing some of the visual resources available on the web. The deep web. These images won’t show up in search engines’ image searches or on Flickr (save one exception), but instead can only be accessed via the links below.
When I clicked on that first link, I got this: the dreaded Page Not Found. After trying a few of the suggestions for finding the page I wanted, with no success, I took another look at the url — and realized that the path to the desired page was laid out for me, right there in the Web address.
Here is the end of the journey — the Page Not Found, now found.
Here is that page’s url:
Compare that with the url of the Page Not Found (click on tiny url for full link):
So, from start point (Page Not Found) to end point (May 2008 issue of ACRL publication C&RL News), here are the steps:
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) home page. Click on the Publications link in the left sidebar and you are taken to a page that lists all of the ACRL’s — you got it — publications.
- ACRL Publications. The next section of the url after “publications” is “crlnews” — so this must be the name of the particular publication you’re looking for. And there it is, second on the list:
- College & Research Libraries News. Which issue? The url says May 2008. Still on the main C&RL News page, and looking on the left sidebar again, you see a list of years under the heading College & Research Libraries News. Click on 2008 and you land here.
- On the left sidebar of this page, all the issues for 2008 are listed. Click on May, and you are on the contents page for the May issue.
- Now you need to find the specific article that was linked from the ReadWriteWeb post about digital image resources. You scan the contents, and there it is — “Visual Resources Online,” by Anne Blecksmith — at the bottom of the right-hand column, under the heading Internet Resources.
- Click on that article link, and voila! you are on the very page that could not be found. You’ve found it. Happy reading!