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HP 239: Dimensions of Health and Wellness

This guide is designed to help you conduct research in support of your class assignments.

Finding Reputable Sources on the Web

Finding reliable websites can be difficult, especially when it comes to health information. Health Promotion is a field where your ability to critically think about and evaluate information is key. You will be synthesizing what you read and learn and communicating that with the general public. I've linked a few reliable resources along with an infographic on evaluating websites. 

SIFT Method for Evaluating Websites

Determining if a source is credible and reliable can be challenging. Use the SIFT method to help you analyze information, especially news or other online media.


STOP | Do you know anything about the website or source of information you found? What about its reputation? It's purpose? You'll want to know these things before you read it, cite it, or share it on social media. 


INVESTIGATE THE SOURCE | It's important to know the expertise and agenda of your source. Try a Google search of the author or publisher to find out what others say about them. Open multiple tabs. 


FIND TRUSTED COVERAGE | Look for the best information on a topic or scan multiple sources to see what the consensus is. Find something in-depth and read about more viewpoints. Even if you don't agree with the consensus, it will help you to investigate further.


TRACE CLAIMS, QUOTES, & MEDIA | Is there a study or report mentioned in the article? Find the original report to see if it was accurately reported. What about images? A reverse-image search may be necessary. 

Evaluate sources with the SIFT method