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GREENR - News Article Describes Damages to Deciduous Forests

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C - The article is extremely current. It was published just a couple of months ago, so it is a good source for is to use. It has not yet been revised.

R - The article is fairly relevant to our study of the Deciduous Forest. Although the article does not provide in-depth information on the characteristics of the biome, it does provide us with facts about harmful shrubs invading the deciduous regions. Part of understanding a biome is knowing which types of plant life can be harmful to its ecosystem. We believe that students can get a good amount of information from this article.

A - The article was published by an unnamed author. Although the name is not given, the title "Life Science Weekly" is provided, which shows that the article is from a reputed source. The author seems to have referred to a study conducted by Indiana University, which gives him/her authority to speak on the subject matter.

A - The article is accurate and can be trusted. The information is based on a study conducted by a well-known college, where bright professors guided the experiment and provided Life Science Weekly with results. I think the information is very reliable and comes from a reputed source, which gives the article some credibility.

P - The main purpose of this article is to inform readers of the negative impact shrubs have on the deciduous region. There is no form of bias, so the information is reliable.

 

We chose this article because it describes the damages that can be caused to deciduous forests. Part of understanding a biome is understanding what things can harm that biome. This article does a good job relating that information to learners. 

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BBC : Uses of deciduous regions (case study)

BBC : Uses of deciduous regions (case study) | Temperate Forest (Deciduous) | Scoop.it
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE Geography on human uses and management of temperate deciduous woodlands, including a case study on Epping Forest.
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C - This case study is very current, as it was revised just this year. It is not clear at what date it was published. 
R - This case study is pretty relevant to our study of the deciduous forest because it use a real life example of a deciduous forest and includes different techniques that manage the ecosystem of the forest. The study goes on to explain techniques such as pollarding and sustainable management as ways to keep the forest healthy even after so much human interaction. It is helpful to know the ways to maintain a deciduous forest that attracts a lot of attention from the public, and both students and regular parents are able to understand and comprehend this information.
A - This case study does not have a mentioned author. However, it is posted by BBC, which is a well known and well trusted website for learning material and news. The author seems to have first hand experience when dealing with the preservation of deciduous forests.
A - The source clearly states specific ways to maintaining the ecosystem and health of deciduous forests, which is the type of forest that we are studying. The study does not include a bibliography simply because the information is stated is learned and known through first hand experience. The terms pollarding and sustainable management are both recognized as ways of keeping forests alive and thriving.
P - The purpose of this case study is clearly stated. It's purpose is to educate the reader on a specific deciduous forest and how it is used by humans. Then the case study explains the management techniques that are used to maintain the health of the ecosystem. The overall purpose is to show the ways of maintaining an environment while it goes through constant use by humans. This case study is non biased as it is purely informational. Bias would have little affect on the information as these techniques are the most recognized techniques that are used to keep an environment healthy.

 

We chose this case study because it was helpful in understanding how to maintain a deciduous ecosystem. 

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GREENR - News Article Describes Damages to Deciduous Forests

Sid B's insight:

C - The article is extremely current. It was published just a couple of months ago, so it is a good source for is to use. It has not yet been revised.

R - The article is fairly relevant to our study of the Deciduous Forest. Although the article does not provide in-depth information on the characteristics of the biome, it does provide us with facts about harmful shrubs invading the deciduous regions. Part of understanding a biome is knowing which types of plant life can be harmful to its ecosystem. We believe that students can get a good amount of information from this article.

A - The article was published by an unnamed author. Although the name is not given, the title "Life Science Weekly" is provided, which shows that the article is from a reputed source. The author seems to have referred to a study conducted by Indiana University, which gives him/her authority to speak on the subject matter.

A - The article is accurate and can be trusted. The information is based on a study conducted by a well-known college, where bright professors guided the experiment and provided Life Science Weekly with results. I think the information is very reliable and comes from a reputed source, which gives the article some credibility.

P - The main purpose of this article is to inform readers of the negative impact shrubs have on the deciduous region. There is no form of bias, so the information is reliable.

 

We chose this article because it describes the damages that can be caused to deciduous forests. Part of understanding a biome is understanding what things can harm that biome. This article does a good job relating that information to learners. 

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Science in Context - Deciduous Forest Info

Science in Context - Deciduous Forest Info | Temperate Forest (Deciduous) | Scoop.it
Science in Context
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C - The document is fairly recent. It was published in 2009, and has not yet been revised since that date. 

R - The document is very relevant to our needs. It contains extremely accurate information regarding our topic of deciduous forests. It describes in great detail all aspects of the biome, and is a very good source for learning.

A - This document does not have only one author. It has been made through the collaboration of several writers and researchers. The researchers and authors are affiliated with reputed corporations such as World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic. This gives the authors a lot of authority to write on this particular subject. 

A - This document provides very strong credibility, so we believe it is very accurate. It has taken information cited in National Geographic, along with many other reputed sources. The document is also from Science in Context, a resource that is trusted to provide helpful and accurate information. 

P - The purpose of this document is purely to inform. There is no sense of bias, or any sort of propaganda/agenda. Because the point of the article is only to inform, there is no persuasion used, and readers are able to confirm their own beliefs based on the impartial information provided. 

 

This document is basically our main source of information in our study of deciduous forests. It provides extremely detailed information that everyone can greatly benefit from. It is very easy to understand, and is very engaging. 

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World Biomes - Temperate Forest

Temperate forests grow between the tropics and the polar regions in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They have four distinct seasons with a well-d...
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C - This video was posted on February 28, 2014. This video is extremely recent, being only 10 months old. No information has been revised.
R - The information stated in the video is very relevant to the research of the deciduous forests, as it gives in depth overviews of the climate, animal and plant species, and locations all over the world.To understand a general overview of the deciduous forest as a whole allows us to better understand the studies and news reports that are stated about the deciduous forests.
A - The video comes from the World Biomes Environmental Studies account on Youtube. Although the author of these video series is unstated, the in depth information about not only the deciduous forests, but other biomes as well indicate that the author is extremely knowledgeable about this information.
A - The source correctly identifies the characteristics of a deciduous forests and correctly provides information that allows for further understanding of the material. There is no bibliography or works cited as this is a video. The information stated in the video matches the information that the articles, news reports, and case studies talk about and inspect in detail. 
P - The purpose of the video is to simply allow the viewer to have a general understanding of what a deciduous forest is as a whole and to understand the characteristics of it. There is no bias in this video as it is purely educational and informational and if there was any bias, it would not affect the information.

 

We chose this video because it provided good information on our biome. The information is easy to understand, and is very engaging to learners. 

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Science in Context - Academic Journal, Temperature Effects in Deciduous Forests

Science in Context
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C - The journal is very recent, as it was published in November 2012. The information has not yet been revised. 

R - The information is quite relevant to our research of Deciduous Forests. The journal discusses the effects of temperature on certain plants in the Deciduous biome. Understanding the plant life is imperative in understanding the overall biome. Therefore this journal provides the audience, which consists of learners, very helpful information in understanding how plants survive in the deciduous forest. 

A - The journal has several authors, meaning that many bright researchers combined their intelligence into one journal. The authors of the journal all have the authority to speak on the subject matter, because they have received a college education and work at reputed companies. 

A - The journal is very credible. The authors conducted several experiments to test the effects of cool weather on plants in the forest, and they have included a section in which they provide the results of the tests. The presence of statistical information greatly increases the journal's credibility, therefore, it is a brilliant source of learning for students. 

P - The purpose of the journal is mainly to inform. It provides the information related to an experiment testing the temperature effects on the forest in a completely non-biased manner. The students and learners are able to come to their own conclusions with the impartial results and information provided. 

 

We chose this article because it showed the effects of temperature on the biome. To understand a biome, learners must fully comprehend the temperature and climate of that biome. 

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