Wikipedia is NOT an Appropriate Resource for Consumer Health Information
For more information on evaluating Health Information on the Web, see Medline Plus's Guide to Health Information
The Internet is where most people go to find health information. When working with the public, take the opportunity to teach them how to evaluate which health resources they can trust and which they should stay away from.
When evaluating health information, always look at the following factors:
To learn more about evaluating health information watch the following tutorials:
When evaluating a website, look for the HONcode at the bottom of the page. The Health on the Net Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to evaluate online health information. If a website applies for certification and meets the criteria set up by this organization, it is given a HONcode seal which is displayed on the website's footer.
Many of the library's Drug Information databases also contain patient education handouts that are written to a 3rd to 4th grade reading level. Try using the following resources to find consumer information on drugs or diseases: