This journal article did relatively well on the CRAAP test. Overall, it focuses on the Magnolia Alpine Tundra. This article focuses on the experiences of two professionals. Like the Video from EcoGeeks, this article is credible and relevant. The experts who wrote the article have authority to be writing such a piece.
This informational website is not only a highly effective source for the Alpine Tundra biome, it is an effective resource for looking up other biomes. In terms of the CRAAP test, this resource passes all five sections. Though the article itself is not highly current (2010), the update bar that scrolls across the top posts alerts of crises and developments of parks in the US that have alpine tundra biomes. When an article is updated with time, it passes the currency test. Furthermore, this resource passes the authority test, as national organizations are held to very high accuracy standards. This would cause the resource to pass both the accuracy and authority tests with flying colors. The relevancy test is passed as well. Obviously a resource introducing the Alpine Tundras in America has a high level of relevancy.
Watch this episode of Eco Geeks about the alpine tundra on HowStuffWorks. Different tree and plant life grow according to the environment at that elevation.
Kristen Shepard's insight:
HowStuffWorks, from the initial appearance may look like an unprofessional website. Despite what a first-time visitor may think, this video actually proved to be highly credible according to the CRAAP test. HowStuffWorks is not a user submitted forum like YouTUbe, the videos from HowStuffWorks are submitted from professionals or scientists. In this particular segment about the Alpine Tundra, two anchors introduce the basic geographic and ecological proporties of the Alpine Tundra. Furthermore, the authority and accuracy tests are passed with flying colors. After some research, I found that the segment was pulled from a Science Podcast called EcoGeeks. The anchors of the video are professionals who have experienced the biome they speak about. Also, HowStuffWorks holds their videos to a high quality standard, as they are a branching company of Discovery Channel. The purpose of this video is to inform the public about the Alpine Tundra, and serves as a basic introduction to the ecosystem. One concern this raises is: is this source offering enough in-depth information? Or is it too dumbed down to offer the most detailed information available? In terms of relevance, this video could not be more relevant. This is a perfect place to start for research, because it gives the basic qualities to start out learning about this environment. This video would fail the currency test. Though this video is not dated, the graphics and transitions make it appear dated. This is not of great importance, however, because the basic identifying characteristics of our biome should not be influenced heavily by timeliness.
Video Passes: Accuracy, Authority, Purpose, Relevance.
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