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NUR 2100/NUR 2400: Websites
A guide to get you started with locating and evaluating appropriate and credible professional health information for NUR 2100 and NUR 2400.
Several good sources to help you with APA style. The Purdue OWL is particularly recommended for easy to understand examples.
Evaluating Websites and Other Sources
Before you rely on ANY type of information (websites, media, books, articles), you should evaluate whether the source is credible. The checklists are different approaches to the same process and this is not an exhaustive list. Other approaches and checklists are available. Use the approach(es) that work best for you, but be sure to evaluate!!
CRAAP is an acronym for a variety of questions you can ask yourself about whether you should use information. It stands for: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy & Purpose. You should get in the habit of asking these types of questions about information before you use it.
Provides links to web sites that are not credible due to their purpose. Also links to sites that are credible, but are not appropriate for this class because they are not geared to health professionals.
This is NOT an exhaustive list, but they are reputable health care websites that provide information for professionals to get you started. Please use the information intended for professionals because some of these sites also provide information intended for patients. If you have questions, please ask a librarian.
Browse under "Health and Safety Topics". Choose sections labelled "Clinical and Laboratory Guidance", Publications & Products-->Reports. When in doubt, anything with the keywords clinical, professional, or educator in the title are intended for health professionals. Keywords like "brochures" and "fact sheets" are more likely to indicate the source is intended for a more general audience (that is, readers who do not have health care training or experience).
Links for the 27 offices and centers of the NIH. Some of these sites contain information for health professionals. Many of them contain information intended for patients/consumers, so be sure to focus on the information for professionals. Again, words such as "clinical" or "research" often indicate information intended for health professionals. If the page presents more basic information such as general definitions or is labelled with general terms like "health topics" or "health information", it is more than likely intended for the general public.
Advanced Web Searching
IMPORTANT: You must EVALUATE all the websites you find for credibility and appropriateness. The sites linked at the top of this page provide information to help you do this.
Do not use a source if you cannot establish its credibility, authority, or appropriateness. If you are still unsure after using the evaluation methods on this page, discuss your concerns with your instructor before using the source.