Searching For Health Information


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Searching For Health Information

  1. 1. Searching for Health Information<br />How to Find Health Information Anywhere, Anytime<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />When you have questions about health, where do you usually get information?<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />How do you know that you can trust the information you find?<br />
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  5. 5. Author<br />Who is the author?<br />Can you find an author listed?<br />Do you trust the author’s knowledge?<br />Is there contact information for the author?<br />Is “Webmaster” the only contact you can find?<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Audience<br />Who is the webpage or article written for?<br />Is it written for a specific group?<br />Is it really meant to be used by someone doing research?<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Accuracy<br />Is the material scholarly?<br />Are there references cited?<br />Can you find evidence to support the author’s claims and expertise?<br />Does the author show knowledge of the field?<br />Are there spelling or grammar errors?<br />What domain is in the web site address?<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Bias<br />Is the web page or article sponsored by a company that is trying to sell something?<br />Is the author trying to sway your opinion?<br />Is the web page author trying to present their point of view?<br />How detailed is the information?<br />Is there a broad scope to the information, or a narrow focus?<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Currency<br />Is the web page up to date?<br />Is there a date on the web page? <br />When was the page written?<br />When was the page last updated?<br />Is the information current?<br />Are the links to current information?<br />Are the links working?<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Links<br />Where do the links take you?<br />Do they take you to information that supports the first site?<br />Do the links represent only one point of view?<br />Do the links work?<br />Do the links take you to advertisements?<br />Do the links take you to unrelated sites?<br />10<br />
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  17. 17. Use “ ” around a phrase<br />Results from putting food poisoning into the search box<br />
  18. 18. Use “ ” around a phrase<br />Results from putting food poisoning into the search box<br />Results from putting “food poisoning” into the search box<br />
  19. 19. Search within a specific domain<br />With some searches, you will get a lot of .com results<br />
  20. 20. Search within a specific domain<br />You can get rid of the .com results by choosing another domain<br />
  21. 21. Search within a specific domain<br />Some .org websites are NOT good sources!<br />
  22. 22. Google usually searches on every word you put into the search box<br />It ignores some words, though<br />To make it use those words, put a + in front of the words<br />
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  24. 24. Just like you can make Google add words, you can make Google take words out<br />To make it ignore a word, put a - in front of the word<br />
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  26. 26. You can also make Google find words that are similar to the one you’re looking for<br />Using the ~ sign will find synonyms for your search word<br />
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  39. 39. 39<br />Two last tips…<br />Be cautious about any health site that has advertisements<br />Organizations and associations (American Diabetes Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) are usually good sources of information<br />