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BIO 7C - Microbiology: Current Microbiology News Assignment

Science and Health News Sources

The relevance writing assignment is designed to help students think about how the content of the course applies to real life situations.

In this assignment, students will locate an appropriate news story about a microbiology topic in one of the following places:

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*See your instructor's full assignment description for further instructions regarding this assignment.*



Find specific publications by title in LPC Databases (eJournal title search)

CRAAP Test - Evaluating Websites

The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:

  • Currency (Is the information up to date?)
  • Relevance (Does the information meet your needs?)
  • Authority (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Accuracy (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Purpose (Who is the audience? Why does this content exist?)

That's just the basics.  Learn more!

Evaluating Websites and Other Research Tutorials (LPC)

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test (CSU Chico Library)


Tutorial:  "Know the Science: The Facts About Health News Stories" (NCCIH, division of NIH and U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services).

Tutorial: "Evaluating Sources" (LPC Library).