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CHI: Evaluating Health Information

The following Web sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.  Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.

Medline Plus: Evaluating Health Information
Medline Plus, maintained by The National Library of Medicine, was created to assist you in locating authoritative health information. The Evaluating Health Information section contains links to various topics on finding and evaluating online medical information and resources


Evaluation of English and Spanish Health Information on the Internet
This Web Site summarizes the research study conducted by RAND Health on evaluating English and Spanish health information. The chapters include: Study of Search Engine Performance, Quality of Health Information on the Internet, Readability Assessment of Health Information on the Internet, Conclusions and Recommendations. The info is available in HTML and PDF formats. 


Evaluating Internet Sources & Sites: a tutorial
Developed at Purdue University, this 20-minute tutorial describes five criteria for evaluating Internet sources: Accuracy, Authority, Objectivity, Currency, and Coverage. The site includes worksheets to help facilitate the use of the tutorial in a classroom setting or as an outside, independent assignment. 


Evaluating Medical Information on the Web
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and adapted from USFDA Publication No. (FDA) 98-1253), this site lists a set of questions and answers which serve as a starting point for evaluating medical Web sites. There are also links to additional evaluation resources. 


MLA's Deciphering Medspeak
The Medical Library Association developed this Web Site to help translate common Medspeak terms. There is a Medspeak dictionary and definitions of medical shorthand.  Also included are disease-specific Medspeak brochures focusing on breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The site is also available in Spanish. 


MLA User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
Sponsored by the Medical Library Association, this guide is presented in three sections and provides helpful tips to evaluate health information on the Internet. 


Popular Magazines vs. Trade Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals
Sponsored by Colorado State University, this site lists general criteria to distinguish between popular magazines, trade magazines, and scholarly journals.  There is also a special section "Evaluation Clues for Articles Taken from the Web". The site is available in French and Spanish.


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