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Nursing Research

Evaluate Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources

What to look (out) for when evaluating health information on the web

Source of the Information | Can you identify the author, either an individual or organization? If so, is the author an expert in the subject of the site? Look for an "about us" page. Is there contact information?

Follow the Evidence | Is there supporting evidence? If not, get a second opinion.

Beware of Bias | Why does the information exist? Who pays for the site? Is the site supported by public funds, donations or commercial advertising?

Currency | If your topic requires current information, look for dates. Click on a few links; broken links may indicate that a site is not updated regularly.

Abbreviated from the MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Searching =


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