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BIOS 115: Essentials of Biology: Web Sites

This guide is designed to provide students in BIOS 115 with information on how to access library resources in the area of biology.

Evaluating Web Sites

 Critically review the Web site with the following questions in mind:

  • Who is the author(s) or sponsor(s) of the site? What are their qualifications? (Authority)
  • Is this a commerical, governmental, personal, academic Web site? (Accuracy)
  • What is the purpose of the site? (Objectivity)
  • What is the date of the information given? (Currency)
  • Is the information documented? (Coverage)

REMEMBER - not all information found on the Web is useful for college research!

Know Your Sources

Web Sites

  • Up-to-date information available on current events
  • Anyone may post anything on the Internet
  • Information may be biased or incomplete
  • Information may disappear without notice


Biology Web Sites

AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Includes articles from ScienceNOW

The Biology Project (University of AZ)

An online resource for learning biology.

BioMed Central

Provides free access to peer-reviewed original research papers in the biomedical field.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Covers resources in biology and biotechnology, including research articles and online biomedical textbooks.

Public Library of Science

PLoS provides free access to scholarly, peer-reviewed full-text articles.