This guide will help you evaluate websites and find information on both ecosystems and species.
When browsing websites, it's a good idea to evaluate the content. Use Internet Evaluation Guidelines to help determine a site's:
Coverage & Comparability
Maintenance & Design
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- Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Identify the genus, species, and family of your plant or animal using this authoritative government web site.
Find the scientific name of a species, as well as other helpful background information.
Use the Advanced Search link on Google to search within a site or domain. For example, search for content within .edu sites or .gov sites.
Which site from the Websites to Practice Evaluating section is most creditable?
- Illinois Forests & Prairies
Find information on Illinois forests and prairies from the Illinois State Museum's MuseumLink Illinois.
- Illinois Habitat Types
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides descriptions, issues, and management techniques for habitat types.
- Illinois Wetlands
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lists the types of Illinois and provides information on wetland history, functions, and value.
- Missouri Habitats
The Missouri Department of Conversation provides information on caves, forests, glades, rivers & streams, and wetlands.
- Missouri Wetlands
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources lists the eight types of Missouri wetlands and provides information on monitoring projects.
- Natural Resources Conservation Service - Illinois Soils
Find maps of Illinois with soil and native vegetation descriptions.
- Illinois Natural History Survey
Find information on amphibians, insects, mammals, birds, plants, and more.
- Illinois Plant Information Network
Browse plant species by county or by name and find information on plant characteristics, biology, habitat and more.
- Missouri Field Guide
Use this guide to "associate species with their native habitats and conservation needs."
- Plants of SIUE
Look up plant species found on campus to learn about their habitat, growth-form, and status.
- USDA Plants Database
Search for a plant by common or scientific name to find distribution information, pictures, helpful links, and more.
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