How reliable is science information on the web?

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Figure 1: Percentage of informative websites reviewed for the search topics ‘evolution’ (EV), ‘genetically modified organism’ (GMO) and ‘endangered species’ (ES) that were misleading (green bars), inaccurate (red bars), and unreferenced (blue bars).


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    Lawrence, S. & Giles, C. L. Nature 400, 107–109 (1999).

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    Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. (4 October 1999).

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    SciCentral. (4 October 1999).

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    Science NetLinks. (4 October 1999).

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    Fainzilber, M. Nature 401, 111 (1999).

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Allen, E., Burke, J., Welch, M. et al. How reliable is science information on the web?. Nature 402, 722 (1999) doi:10.1038/45370

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