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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 look at:

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.

Weill Cornell Medicine, Samuel J. Wood Library:  Sanke 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. You can also listen to the tutorial. Note: The tutorial requires a special Flash plug-in and you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

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

 

May 2022