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This guide will help you evaluate websites and find information on both ecosystems and species.
Last Updated: May 13, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Evaluating Websites

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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Find Scientific Names

  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    Identify the genus, species, and family of your plant or animal using this authoritative government web site.
  • Wikipedia
    Find the scientific name of a species, as well as other helpful background information.

Google Search Tip

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.


Google Scholar


You Decide?

Which site from the Websites to Practice Evaluating section is most creditable?

Websites for Ecosystem Information

  • 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.

Websites for Species Information

  • 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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