September 15, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 16)
Strong Points: Lots of information over a variety of topics
Weak Points: Poor site organization—two separate navigational toolbars
Welcome to the world of archaea, zaria—in short, microbes. MicrobeWorld is an educational website by the American Society for Microbiology that allows visitors to learn about the various types of microbes that exist all around us. The site contains a lot of information, but it isn’t necessarily organized in the best way. Visitors to the site should begin their journey by scrolling to the bottom of the page—here you will find useful site navigation tools. Information is divided into categories such as “what is a microbe,” “types of microbes,” “interesting facts,” and “history of microbiology.” There are also sections devoted to careers in microbiology and classroom experiments. Beyond the bottom-of-the-screen navigational toolbar, site visitors can browse the site’s contents by news, video, images, or other resources via the main toolbar at the top of the page.