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Nursing 226 - Childbearing & Families: Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources

World Wide Web

The web is a great information resource. Because there is so much information you can usually find some information on your topic, however, because anyone can put anything on the web, you need to be very careful when using the web as a research source.

You can use the following checklist to help you to determine the reliability of the information you find on a website:

 

checkACCURACY

  • Is the information reliable and correct?
  • Is there an editor who verifies the information?

AUTHORITY

  • Is there an author? What are his or her qualifications?
  • What is the sponsoring organization? Is it reputable?

Hint: Look for links providing information about the author and his or her e-mail address. Check for "about us," "philosophy," etc. for information about the organization.

checkOBJECTIVITY

  • Does the website show a bias?
  • Is there advertising on the page? 
  • What is the purpose of the site? To sell, to inform, to persuade?

CURRENCY

  • Does the site include the dates it was created and updated?
  • How current are the links? Have any expired or moved?

Consider if currency is especially important for the research topic.

checkCOVERAGE

  • How does the site compare with other sites on this topic?
  • Is material covered in depth rather than superficially?

Selected Web Resources

  • Global Library of Women's Medicine - The Global Library of Women's Medicine is primarily designed for the medical profession and includes a section on Safer Motherhood. There are innovative features freely available to registered users that are aimed at medical professionals, including surgical videos, specialist colour atlases of visual medicine, comprehensive guidance to laboratory tests and the significance of their results - and even an option to provide doctors with selected patient information handouts.  
  • Mayo Clinic - Provides information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Information and tools reflect the expertise of 2,500 physicians and scientists. Learn how to access medical services and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.
  • Nursing Center - Website especially for nurses. Has links to free information and nursing journals. NursingCenter is your portal to more than 800 continuing education activities and thousands of clinical articles from 50 leading nursing journals published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, including the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing2007, Nursing Management, The Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, and many more specialty journals.
  • OBG Management - OBG MANAGEMENT is the only publication in the specialty that addresses patient care and practice management under one cover. It offers timely, evidence-based insights into the myriad clinical, medicolegal, and practice-management issues faced by today s obstetricians and gynecologists.
  • Pregnancy: MedlinePlus  - This website include: latests news, newsletters, research, journal articles and statistics on pregnancy.
  • womenshealth.gov - The Office on Women's Health was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its vision is to ensure that "all women and girls are healthier and have a better sense of well being." Its mission is to "provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches." The strategy used to achieve their mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.