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The purpose of this guide is to highlight resources in Nursing, and to provide links to Internet resources in the field.

Remembering How to Evaluate Resources

Not all information is created equal.

This is especially true of information found on the open web, via Google or other search engines. While there is wonderful, high-quality information to be found, there is also utter crap. As well as everything else in-between. Whether for one of your courses or for your personal use, one of the key parts of the research process is evaluating your information, i.e., using your Crap Detector.

Based on the CRAAP test was developed by librarians at CSU Chico.

Health-specific Resources

Getting Started: Thousands of hits does you no good when searching for medical information. So keep these in mind:

  1. If you are using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, take advantage of the health subsets of these services for your search. Learn how to use the advanced searching features of the sites so that you can combine terms to make your retrieval more precise. For example, entering the terms "cancer" and "chemotherapy" linked together is more powerful and precise than trying to read through all the hits found by simply entering the general term "cancer."
  2. Become familiar with the general health information finding tools such as MedlinePlus (http://www.medlineplus.gov), produced by the National Library of Medicine, or Healthfinder ® (http://www.healthfinder.gov) from the US Department of Health and Human Services, which can get you started by pointing you to good, credible health information quickly. The Medical Library Association is another device to help you start your search with a highly selective list of quality health information sites trusted by medical librarians.
  3. When you have found sites that look relevant, use the guidelines below to help you decide whether the information is as credible, timely, and useful as it looks.