Who here has gone straight to "Dr. Google" when a weird health symptom shows up? This girl: guilty as charged! Truth be told, librarians use Google all the time, because we know there is great, freely accessible, reliable health information out there. We also know that wading through the snake oil can be tricky. With October being Health Literacy Month, I thought I'd share my favorites for finding health information on the web. Instead of Dr. Google, might I suggest:
Is is written, edited, or reviewed by a medical professional? Is the author citing other research? Are references provided and are they trustworthy?
Are ads clearly marked? Is the purpose to inform or to sell you something? Is there bias toward a particular a product or method?
How often is the site updated? Is contact information provided? Do all of the links work and does it function properly?