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Useful Biomes Websites and how to evaluate research websites
Last Updated: Dec 2, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Biome Specific Websites


5 W's of Website Evaluation for Research

 Website Evaluation


What are reliable biome websites?

When looking for reliable information when doing your research, it is important to look for specific information.  If you can't find this information, or if it any of the information seems unrealistic, it probably is not a website you should use.


More Questions

Where is this webpage located?
• Look at the URL. Is this a personal page or site?
• What is the domain (.com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov)?
Why would I use this site as a source of information?
• Can I verify this information?
• Why was this site published? Was it to entertain, to inform, to explain, to persuade, to sell, or some combination of these things?



More Questions to Answer

Look at the images, asking yourself the following questions:
Who created the images? Is credit given?
Do they look like they have been changed with a photo-enhancing program?
• Are shadows consistent?
• Are there jagged edges?
• Are there identical objects in the photograph?
• Could the scene in the photo really have happened?
4. Explore how the site is viewed by others:
What sites link to it? (You can find out using Google by entering link: URL of the website)
Use a search engine for the topic. What sites come up?



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