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Finding Quality Health & Wellness Info Online: Evaluating Health Info

Quick Guide

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  • Know who is responsible for the content (government, non-profit, business, individual?)
  • Focus on Quality (does the site have an editorial board? info reviewed before posting?)
  • Be Skeptical (beware quick cures, sensational writing, look for other sources)
  • Look for Currency (what's the date on the document? are links broken?)
  • Beware of Bias (who's funding?)
  • Protect Your Privacy (does the site have a privacy policy? will your data be sold to a 3rd party?)

From the US National Institutes of Health, Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 


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KJ Reed
Assessment and Data Librarian
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5

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