Beware of baloney!
An important part of the research process is evaluating the quality of information you find, regardless of its physical format (print or online), or where you found it (periodicals, databases or the Internet). Be skeptical of any health-related information that seems to promise something that is "too good to be true." Watch out for:
Questions to ask when evaluating online and print sources:
· Who are the authors or sponsors of this website or publication? Is the person, agency or corporation knowledgeable in the field? [AUTHORITY]
· Where did the information come from that is used in this website/publication? Are references (“works cited”) given? Can the information be confirmed elsewhere? [ACCURACY]
· What is the purpose of this website/publication? Does it give facts or opinion? Is it biased toward one side of an issue? Does it give different viewpoints? Is the site trying to sell a product? [OBJECTIVITY]
· When was the information published? (Check copyright date or date last updated.) [CURRENCY]
· Why is this site appropriate for college work (or why not)? Is the material comprehensive or general? Is it written for professionals, college students, general readers or children? [COVERAGE]
Remember: Not all information found on the Web is appropriate for college research.