The amount of health information on the Internet can be overwhelming, and not everything you read is trustworthy. Here are some helpful tips for finding accurate, up-to-date healthcare information online.
Doing a search for health information can yield too few, too many, or irrelevant results. Use these tips to find what you’re looking for.
Clarify What You Want with AND, OR, and NOT
The examples below explain how to use these words to make your search more precise and save you time.
"AND" narrows a search: Finds items that use both keywords.
"OR" broadens a search: Finds items that use either of the keywords.
"NOT" narrows a search: Excludes the second keyword from results.
Punctuation Can Help
Place quotation marks (“ ”) around a phrase to find webpages containing that exact phrase.
Watch Out for Ads
The first result you see might not be the best one for you. Many search engines are funded by advertisements. Organizations can pay for their results to appear at the top of the results page.
For each result, ask the following 5 questions:
Check out these trusted websites:
For more ways to evaluate health information, visit MedLinePlus, a resource maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine: medlineplus.gov/evaluatinghealthinformation.html
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