Finding Reliable Health Information Online
Overwhelmed by the amount of health information on the Internet? Not sure if certain sites are trustworthy?
Follow these quick tips for "healthy" Internet searching:
- Don't search the entire Internet. Start with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library or MedlinePlus.gov.
- Evaluate commercial ("dot com") sites carefully for bias and conflict of interest.
- Check to see if the information is current (less than three years old).
- Look for the credentials of the author (i.e. doctor, nurse, psychologist) to make sure the information is written by a health professional.
Want to learn more?
The Community Health Library has a series of presentations on how to evaluate health Web sites and suggested sources of quality health information:
Use this tutorial about evaluating online health information from the National Library of Medicine
Additional sources for high-quality health websites:
- Reliable Health Information on the Internet
- Reliable Health Information on the Internet: Cancer Supplement
- Reliable Health Information on the Internet: Caregiving Supplement
- Reliable Health Information on the Internet: Heart Health Supplement
Contact the Community Health Library staff with questions about finding reliable health information or request a search by a librarian.