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A research guide for biology students that includes related databases, websites, and journals.

Suggested Web Sites

Evaluating Websites

Each resource you select should pass the C.R.A.P. test.


  • How recently was the information published?
  • When was the website last updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource? (statistics, quotations from experts, interviews, books, etc.)
  • Is the content of the resource primarily opinion?
  • Is it balanced (are multiple sides/perspectives presented)?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?


  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the author's credentials? (Why should you trust them)
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Are there any conflicts of interest related to how the information is presented?

Purpose/Point of View

  • What type of information is this? Scholarly, popular, governmental, etc.? How will this impact how you use the information? 
  • What is the intended audience of this information? General public, academics, professionals, etc.?

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