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Finding Health Information You Can Trust

The internet provides a wealth of health information but how can you determine what information is reliable and trustworthy? The links below discuss how the savvy internet searcher can evaluate websites and determine what is useful for their health concerns.

Recommended questions to ask about a website are:

Who sponsors the website?
Is it a commercial website created to sell a product?
Is the information current?
What evidence is used to support the information provided?

Evaluating Web-based Health Resources (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Looking for Reliable Health Information (Health on the Net Foundation)

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web (Medical Library Association)

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