Evaluate your Results
Information from a government organization (.gov), university
(.edu) or reputable organization (.org) is probably more reliable.
- Look for an "About Us" link for accountability information and
- Is there a feedback mechanism such as email, phone number, or
Quality of Information
- Look for factual, unbiased information that is accurate and
- Is the intended audience clearly identified?
- Watch for advertising; commercial sponsors may influence the
- The date of the latest update should appear on every page, usually
at the bottom.
Broken links can indicate dated material.
- Does the site load quickly and is it easy to navigate? Is there a
- Be wary of required registrationůmake sure you read the privacy
Health and Medical Web Sites
- Consult several different sources for a "second opinion".
- A link to an editorial board, oversight group, or individual
editor should be provided.
- The site should include a disclaimer stating that the information
is for supplemental purposes and does not replace contact with one's
primary care physician.
- Information should be validated with references to books,
articles, and other relevant sources.
- Medical information can become outdated quickly; check update
- Be wary of commercial sponsorship or advertising; is the provider
promoting a certain point of view?