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Searching for Information on the Open Web
The following PDFs provide more tools for evaluating websites. Use the checklist to help in critically analyzing a questionable website or blog.
Resources for Evaluating Health Information
The major criteria to consider when evaluating any website, book, or article are:
- Currency -- When was the resource published or updated?
- Relevance -- Is this evidence that supports your topic?
- Authority -- Is an author listed? What are their credentials or other basis of authority on this topic?
- Accuracy -- Is the information confirmed across sources? (Remember to always consult multiple sources!)
- Purpose -- Why was this resource created? Possibilities include advertising, advocacy, news, entertainment, opinion, etc.
Resources listed on this guide are provided to support individual exploration of health-related topics. Information on this site is not intended to substitute for consultation with a health-care provider.