The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

If you’re planning on beginning a research project (especially one that will be heavy in online research), a quick lesson on website evaluation is key.  This website is the librarian’s secret weapon against naïve students who trust whatever they read on the internet.

The website for the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is well-crafted, attractive, and contains links to real scientific articles. It is also complete and utter hooey. Many students, upon initial examination, believe this creature to be real. It is, of course, not. It’s great for introducing the subject, and starting a discussion!

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