Finding Reliable Health Information

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Four Nets for Better Searching
MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing -- Start here to learn about five things to look for in a reliable web site: accuracy, authority/source, objectivity, currency, and coverage.

Google Advanced -- allows you to omit certain words from your results, or search only certain domains (such as .org, .edu)

Recommended Health Web Sites

MedlinePlus  -- videos, Spanish-language materials, appropriate for consumers and health professionals


Controversies in Health

Vaccine Safety

Vaccines: Auto-immunity, Vaccinations and Autism -- is this site biased?  Who is the author or responsible organization? Are the references up to date?

Wikipedia -- can an anonymous site really be reliable?