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Finding Reliable Health Information

A brief how-to guide from the librarians at The University of South Dakota and Wegner Center's Health Sciences Libraries. This guide is designed for the general public.


80% of internet users have searched online for health information, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. However, the vast array of information available online can make it confusing to know where to begin, whether you can trust the information you find, and how to get the information you really need. This guide will address four points:

  1. How to search the internet for health information
  2. How to evaluate the information you retrieve
  3. Trusted resources for beginning your search
  4. Peer to peer information from online social networks
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