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Locating Medical Information on the Internet

When searching for medical information on the Internet, it's important to think critically about your sources. Below are a few tips on finding medical information on the Internet:

- As a general rules of thumb .edu's and .gov's are the best sites to use; however, that's not to say there aren't legitimate .com medical information sites.

- Consider starting at a gateway other than Google. For example, you might want to start searching at the Internet Public Library.

- Consider Authority. Who created the site? Can they be contacted? Are they an expert?

- It's important that medical information be up-to-date. When was the website last updated?

- Ask yourself what the purpose of the site is. Does the creator have an agenda? Are they biased in some way? Is the website trying to sell you something?

- And, finally, is the information accurate? Can it be tested against another source? 

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