Guide to Evaluating Websites
Who wrote the material? Does the site list an author? What is the author's education and background in the subject? If the author is giving medical advice or providing prescriptions, is he or she a doctor?
When was itwritten? Is there a date listed on the site? How often is it updated?
Who is the sponsor of the website? Is it a profit-making company? If so, would the sponsor be likely to influence the advice on the site? (For example, if the sponsor is a disposable diaper company and the "expert" on the site says to delay toliet-training after other experts say the time is right, there might be a conflict of interest.)
How does the site present the material? Does it present more than one point of view? Or is it one-sided and critical of opposing viewpoints?
What is the site selling, if anything? Do the claims for the product sound likely? If they claim to cure just about anything and everything, don't believe it! There is no such product!
How did you find the site? Were you referred to it from a source that you trust? Does ths site state that it abides by the Health on the Net (HON) Code of Principles, or does it have some other seal of approval? Has the site won any awards?
ANYONE can put ANYTHING on the web! It's up to YOU to figure out if the site is worth your trust!
Adapted from the Health InfoNet of Alabama