Evaluating Information

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Ask the right questions.

Information empowers, but finding trustworthy information – especially online – can be challenging and frustrating. 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 amount of 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 (NCCIH):

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

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.