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Scientific Research in the Biological Sciences

Why Evaluate Sources?

Evaluating the sources that you are using for your research or paper is very important. Why? Because all information is not created equal! For purposes of these introductory Biology classes, you are required to use scholarly information -- published research results in journal articles written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields. This is very important. One way to determine the credibility of your source is to use the CRAAP Test

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 CRAAP Test (4 minute video) 

The 5 W's of Information Evaluation


Use the 5W's to evaluate the quality of the information in articles, books and websites.


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