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JSTOR: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 103, No. 22 (May 30, 2006), pp. 8425-8429


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Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:42 PM

Currency- The article was published on May 30, 2006. The information presented is still accurate and relevant. 

Relevancy- The article examines how climate change affects coral reefs. It is very relevant because it also examines the implications for aquatic life and the ecosystems in coral reefs. 

Authority- The article was published by the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS is an exclusive group of scientific scholars. Membership is very prestigious and it is a credible resource. 

Accuracy- The information is very accurate. Throughout the article, the authors cite numerous academic sources to support their claims. 

Purpose- The article was written to discover how climate change affected coral reefs. The NAS is a non-profit that does not present significant bias or promote an agenda.

 

Overall, this is a very good source. It passes all 5 CRAAP criteria. 

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JSTOR: Oecologia, Vol. 137, No. 1 (Sep., 2003), pp. 76-84


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Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:54 PM

Currency- The article was published in 2003. While over a decade has passed since its publication, the research and findings are still relevant because the factors examined in the case study have not changed. 

Relevancy- The case study examines which factors affect the ability of a coral reef to thrive at different depths. 

Authority- The article is backed by the International Association for Ecology, whcih lends credibility to the article. 

Accuracy- The article sights academic sources for its claims which proves the accuracy of the information in the article. 

Purpose- The article was a case study of how microhabitat structure, settlement, and post-settlement process affect the ability of a coral reef to thrive at various depths. It is a graduate research paper, so there is no bias or political agenda. 

 

Overall, this is a very credible source. It passes all 5 CRAAP test criteria. 

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Coral Reef Biome

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Distinctive features of the coral reef biome, including environmental requirements and biological community


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The currency of this case study was copyrighted in 2010-2013 which makes the information pretty current and up to date. The intended audience appears to be for people who are interested in the Marine Life as it not only described the coral reef biome but also the coral reef fish, plants, animals, and food webs. The author of this website is William Alevizon who earned his Ph. D which makes him a credible source. He is a very scholarly writer. The source is labeled correctly to the topic and the author hyperlinks key terms to links with more information on them which shows the authors knowledge. This site is also able to be proven true with other outside souces. 

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Jackie Nichols's curator insight, November 7, 2013 12:39 PM

C- This article is current. It was originally published in 2010 and it was last updated this year, in 2013

 

R- The information is relevant and related to the topic, the information is very detailed and it specifies different types of coral and what they do in reefs. This site's audience is probably teenagers and above.

 

P- there is no bias in the article, it is very factual and just provides information about coral reefs. The purpose of the article is stated, it is to provide information about coral reef biomes and to illustrate how humans are impacting their health

Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:44 PM

The currency of this case study was copyrighted in 2010-2013 which makes the information pretty current and up to date. The intended audience appears to be for people who are interested in the Marine Life as it not only described the coral reef biome but also the coral reef fish, plants, animals, and food webs. The author of this website is William Alevizon who earned his Ph. D which makes him a credible source. He is a very scholarly writer. The source is labeled correctly to the topic and the author hyperlinks key terms to links with more information on them which shows the authors knowledge. This site is also able to be proven true with other outside souces. 

Anna K's curator insight, November 9, 2015 12:56 PM

Currency:

The information is kept up-to-date by the author; it was originally published in 2010, and has been updated as of November 2013. The information is not out of date because it has been edited, also, the definition of coral reefs does not change; the same characteristics remain over the course of a couple of years- the structures, animals, plants, etc. will remain the same.

 

Relevance

The intended audience is individuals who do not have a scientific background, it is presented well, with in-depth information without being overly scientific and difficult to understand. There is abundant information with important details on the page, as well as more information about plants and animals on subsequent pages. The subject matter is closely related to the topic, as they both discuss coral reefs.

 

Authority

The information on this page is scholarly and  informative.The author is William Alevizon, who received an MA and PhD in biological sciences from UC Santa Barbara and has authored papers as well as taught at multiple universities. Along with these credentials, he has also conducted research on coral reefs. The disclaimer on the website states that all information provided is for educational purposes, true, and is maintained.

 

Accuracy

The website states general information about coral reefs, their inhabitants, and the distribution of reefs around the world. There are no sources stated, but considering that the author studied coral reefs for a number of years, the information is still valid and credible. The same facts can be found on other reliable sources such as Britannica and  online databases.

 

Purpose

The purpose of the article is stated in the About section of the page, which details the author’s studies and credentials. The purpose of the site is to inform those who are interested in coral reefs but do not have a background in sciences- written with simple language yet still providing numerous details.

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Nature and Life - Episode 121 (Corals)

Nature and Life - Episode 121. Corals. By Prokriti O Jibon Foundation. Corals are a unique reservoir of Marin biodiversity. Like other places of the world, c...

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Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:28 PM

Currency- Published April 17, 2013. The video is current and relevant. 

Relevancy- The video provides lots of general information about coral reefs: their location, ecosystem, and what threatens their existence. 

Authority- The video was created by the Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, an organization devoted to the conservation of the environment. It has published over 120 videos and is a leading researcher of the environment. 

Accuracy- The publisher does not reveal its sources. However, the credibility of the source makes  it trustworthy. 

Purpose- The source of the video is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the video is to increase awareness of environmental issues and encourage conservation. 

 

Overall, this source passes 4 of the 5 CRAAP criteria, and the fifth can be assumed to be true. It is a valid source. 

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Underwater Cameras Track Fish Cleaning Up Coral Reefs - RedOrbit

Underwater Cameras Track Fish Cleaning Up Coral Reefs - RedOrbit | The Coral Reef Biome | Scoop.it
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Underwater Cameras Track Fish Cleaning Up Coral Reefs
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Fish on the other hand could actually be doing some good in cleaning up coral reefs.

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News Article

This articles was published in February 2013 which makes it very current and the information is pretty up to date. The information is not outdated. The intended audience are those interested in marine biology and the behavior of animals effecting and interacting with the Coral Reefs. Lots of information is presented and it is not only about the Coral Reef Biome but the aquatic life in it to as it explains how the underwater cameras caught fish cleaning the coral reefs. The source is the Red Orbit Online who are credited to numerous different articles. This source relates to the topic as it elaborates on the environmental factors of the biome. The purpose of this article is to show the life of the fish who regulate a healthy and clean habitat in the coral reef biome.

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Noah Hendrix's curator insight, November 7, 2013 9:51 PM

This articles was published in February 2013 which makes it very current and the information is pretty up to date. The information is not outdated. The intended audience are those interested in marine biology and the behavior of animals effecting and interacting with the Coral Reefs. Lots of information is presented and it is not only about the Coral Reef Biome but the aquatic life in it to as it explains how the underwater cameras caught fish cleaning the coral reefs. The source is the Red Orbit Online who are credited to numerous different articles. This source relates to the topic as it elaborates on the environmental factors of the biome. The purpose of this article is to show the life of the fish who regulate a healthy and clean habitat in the coral reef biome.