Evaluating Information

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Information empowers, but there are a number of challenges to finding information that is useful and that you can trust. The internet can be a wonderful resource, but it can also be maddening. The amount of information can be overwhelming, and it is often difficult to figure out what is real. It is important to maintain a healthy skepticism and critical eye as you conduct your research. Here are five quick questions to ask yourself when evaluating the content of a health website, provided by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

Who? Who runs the Web site? Can you trust them?

What? What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true?

When? When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?

Where? Where did the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?

Why? Why does the site exist? Is it selling something?

View the NCCIH’s article on evaluating online health information here

TIP: http://www.trustortrash.org/ is an online, interactive tool for evaluating websites and health information found online. Bookmark this site, and pull it up when you need help determining whether online information is credible.

For additional resources on evaluating information and identifying credible sources, click HERE .