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MA 104: Essentials of Human Disease

Website Evaluation

Consider these criteria when evaluating websites: authority, accuracy, objectiviy, and design.  Use this Website Evaluation form to evaluate websites

Practice

Use one of these website or choose your own to learn more about the disease you've chosen.

MedlinePlus

Mayo Clinic

WebMD

How did you determine if you could trust the information you found?

Copyright

Copyright is complex and some lawyers make a living in just this arena.  We have outlined the basics in this copyright guide.

Looking Online for Health Information

72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year.

77% of online health seekers say they began their last session at a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Another 13% say they began at a site that specializes in health information, like WebMD. Just 2% say they started their research at a more general site like Wikipedia and an additional 1% say they started at a social network site like Facebook.

The most commonly-researched topics are specific diseases or conditions; treatments or procedures; and doctors or other health professionals.

Half of online health information research is on behalf of someone else -- information access by proxy.