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Peer Review

MicrobiologyBytes - Principles of Molecular Virology

by Alan J. Cann


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 20, 2001 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: An on-line textbook covering eukaryotic viruses, complete with a collection of lecture notes, images, on-line tutorials and links to current virology data and publications. Viruses are presented by family in excellent detail. Could be used in place of any traditional textbook.
Type of Material: Reference
Technical Requirements: Have to register with journals through Medline to access some linked articles. Some simulations wouldn't run well on Mac.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Raw Ratings: (5) (5) (5) = 5

Well designed and clearly laid out, organized by virus family. Combines the genetic, molecular, and medical aspects of these viruses in a balanced presentation. Accurate and current with links to NIH, CDC, and primary literature. Appropriate vocabulary, Concise and Effective.

Essentially a textbook on-line, very thorough - covers pretty much all aspects of eukaryotic viruses. The illustrations alone (especially since they are in color) provide an important learning tool. A very good source of information for students and teachers, which could easily replace many current textbooks.

Concerns: Potential downside is if the author stops maintaining and keeping the site current. It is important therefore for the user to check the dates on the pages.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Raw Ratings: (5) (5) (4) = 4.7

Demonstrates good relationships with many links between different families within the site. Promotes good application of learning modules and problem solving, especially with tutorials.

Concerns: Doesn't state learning objectives. Students typically want hard copies of a text/notes; downloading would require considerable time and expense (for color copies).

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Raw Ratings: (5) (5) (5) = 5

  • Clear/accurate instructions
  • Easy to navigate
  • Well written, comparable to most commercial texts
  • Very fast, mostly text and images
  • No defective links
  • No major bugs

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States