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FCS 205: Concepts in Human Nutrition : Websites

About Websites

Websites can be helpful in finding specific information on your topic. Websites can also be good sources for statistics, facts and figures, and reports (gray literature). A word of CAUTION: It's crucial when searching for health information online to critically evaluate your sources. Credible websites for reliable health and nutrition information include government agencies (.gov), consumer groups, professional organizations, and educational institutions (.edu).

Evaluating Websites

You can use the "CRAAP" test to help you evaluate the information sources you find.

Currency – How up-to-date is the information?

Relevance – Is the information directly about your topic?  Is it too simple?  Too complex?

Authority – Who is the author?  What are his/her credentials?  Where was the information published?

Accuracy – Where does the information come from?  Is it consistent with unrelated sources?

Purpose – Why was this information published