Evaluating Internet Health Information

Begin by watching this video created the Resource and Learning Center.


Medical Library Association: A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web - Learn how to evaluate a website and also find a listing of top consumer health sites.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, here you will find a wealth of information to help you decide if a site is reliable. Also in Spanish.

National Cancer Institute: How to Find Cancer Resources You Can Trust - Here are some guidelines for determining whether or not a source is credible, as well as a short video from the Federal Trade Commission on cancer treatment scams.
Also in Spanish.

Office of the U.S. Surgeon General: Health Misinformation - Learn about health misinformation and how you can help stop it.

Weill Cornell Medicine, Samuel J. Wood Library: Snake Oil to Social Media, Drug Advertising & Your Health - This site will provide an overview of drug advertising, highlights drug interactions and safety issues, and provides questions to consider when viewing medication advertisements.


Interactive Tutorials / Videos

MedlinePlus Interactive Tutorial: Evaluating Internet Health Information - This interactive video is from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics, the tutorial explains the subject in easy-to-read language. 

Trust It or Trash It - This is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information.


March 2024