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Analyzing Information Architecture - Exercise

Objective: Evaluate the information architecture of three Web sites.


This exercise allows you to visit three Web sites and return your own evaluation of the information architecture strategies the website's employ.


  1. Open your browser.
  2. Open windows for
    1. Distributednetworks at,
    2. OOPortal at,
    3. and Relationaldbdesign at
For the three sites, apply the following list of criteria to assist you with your evaluations:
  1. Users can navigate easily.
  2. The site is easy to use
  3. All features work well
  4. All links are active
  5. There are multiple paths to crucial information
  6. The site loads easily; it is unburdened by excessive graphics or special features