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BIO 50 - Anatomy & Physiology (Waters): Web Resources

A research guide to support students in Professor Waters' BIO 50- Anatomy & Physiology course.

Evaluating Websites

The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage (To what extent is the topic explored?)

That's just the basics.  Learn more!

Tutorials on Evaluation Criteria

CRAAP Test (CSU Chico)

Evaluating Health Information on the Internet

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

Evaluating Web-Based Health Resources: National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Additional Resources for Evaluating Web-Based Health Information:

Compiled by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health.

Health/Medical Web Resources

PubMed Central - PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Centers for Disease Control:  For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

National Institutes of Health: NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

Medline Plus: Consumer-friendly health information.  A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.  Consumer-friendly health information. This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Other recommended websites:

Search Engines

Google Advanced Search - Information on educational and governmental websites tend to have more reliable information.  In the advance search, along with your search terms, enter .edu or .gov in the box labeled "Search within a site or domain:". 

Google Web Search

Sample searches:

magnesium exercise performance site:edu

physiology hypoxia site:gov


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