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Tips for Evaluating Health Care Information on the Web
1) Who created the web site? Web Tip: Search for About Us or Help links and look at the URL for hints.
2) Can I contact the web site creators with questions or feedback? Web Tip: Find Contact information, Email addresses, and/or Help section.
3) What is the purpose of the web site? Web Tip: Find the Mission or Purpose Statement. Consider the advertisements and tone of writing.
4) Who is the web site's intended audience? Web Tip: Think about the design and writing style.
5) Is the information biased or objective? Web Tip: Examine for funding disclosures and advertising. Look for persuasive tone or product promotion.
6) How well respected is the web site and the web site's material? Web Tip: Find out who links to the web site and whether the links are reputable. (Go to Google's Advanced Search, type the web site's URL into the Page Specific Search - Links field. Note the number of links and consider the reputation of linking web sites.)
7) Is the web site up to date? Web Tip: Look for Last Updated or Update date, Creation date, Copyright or other date.
8) Are the links current or broken? Web Tip: Test out several links to see if they work.
For More Information
9) Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask - A series of evaluation questions and tips from the University of California Berkeley Library.
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