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HONcode Principles

How to Evaluate Medical Web sites

Health On the Net Foundation

 

Evaluating Web Sites-Finding Credible Sources

Elements to Consider:

Questions to Ask:

Watch for:

Author

Who is the author?
What are her credentials?
Is there contact information?

anonymity
bad grammar
misspellings

Publisher

Who is the publisher?
What does the URL tell about them?

affiliation

Search http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp for the name of the organization that owns the site

Purpose

What is the purpose of the web site?
Does it inform, explain, or persuade?

hidden purposes
bias
vested interest

Accuracy

Is the information accurate?
Can you verify statements of fact?
Is the topic covered comprehensively?

lack of documentation
vague or sweeping generalizations
no date on page
missing information

Objectivity

Is the information presented objectively?
Are arguments and opinions supported?
Are arguments presented in a fair and reasonable way?
Are various viewpoints addressed?

intemperate language
lack of balance
inappropriate use of bold-face, italicized, and large fonts

Currency

Is the information current?
Are the links current?
Is the page updated regularly?

dead links
outdated information
no date on page

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