When looking for health information, many people go directly to
a search engine and enter disease names or symptoms. As you have
learned from previous lessons, not all information available on
the Internet is accurate or reliable. The large amounts of results
from search engines can be overwhelming, and not all consumers have
an understanding of how to evaluate which results are appropriate
and reliable and which are questionable.
Even though you now understand more about evaluating health information
on the Internet, your results will be more reliable when you use
the selected, reliable sites found on the WHIC webpage.
To assist you and your clients, the librarians of the Health Sciences
Library have put together a list of reputable online sources of
health information targeted towards consumers. This list is available
on the WHIC website and at the computer terminals in the WHIC library.
Two of the sites listed, MedlinePlus and NC Health Info, will be focused
on more in-depth in this lesson.