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Public Health - Guide to Internet & Library Sources

What to look for when searching for a Scientific Research Article

Finding Information You Can Trust

Finding public health information on the web is easy.  Finding good, reliable, credible information can be another story.  Be very careful when reviewing websites.  How can you find information you can trust?  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who sponsors the website? What gives this sponsor the authority to say what they are saying?  Should you believe it?  What are their credentials?  Are they qualified to write on this topic?
  2. What is the purpose of the website and the sponsoring organization?  Are they trying to sell, promote, educate, inform, entertain, or persuade?  Be aware of bias.
  3. Is the website current and is it being maintained?  Are there copyright dates or other dates indicating the age of the information? Are there broken links?

Healthy People

Data, Tools & Statistics

CDC - Center for Disease Control

WHO - World Health Organization

Grey Literature

What is Grey Literature?  High quality, up-to-date information shared outside of the scholarly world.  Examples include:

  • Conference proceedings
  • Technical Reports
  • Theses/Dissertations
  • Statistical Reports

Foundations

Other Websites