Evaluating Health Information

May 18, 2018 | abbas

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Here is another one to add to your list of 21st century problems: the proliferation of health and wellness related websites on the Internet. Search engines may give you the most hits in the least amount of time, but try finding something that's authoritative and reliable on Google or YouTube. Good luck. 

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I'll just check Web M.D. for my symptoms. Aaand I'm dying.

While it's great that our collective interest in consumer health is rising, the sheer amount of information out there, without the necessary checks and balances needed to ensure validity, ought to be questioned. Toronto Public Library offers a few online databases for those looking who are looking for health information and want to be assured that they won't be reading something that's a paid advertisement or scare tactic. This information can be accessed remotely, from the comfort of your own home or office, by using Academic OneFile:

Academic OneFile

This database offers full-text articles from scholarly, trade and general interest magazines and journals on current events, general sciences and technology, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Health and Wellness Resource Center:


Health and Wellness Resource offers consumer health information from magazines, newspapers, fact sheets, reference books and videos. Also covers alternative health and therapies.

Health Reference Center Academic:


Looking for full-text articles from nursing and allied health journals plus a variety of medical and personal health sources? Try this academic database.

Oh, you use WEBMD to diagnose yourself? Tell me more about how you think you're a doctor.