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Health Literacy: Reputable Sources

This health literacy guide is designed to help students find and assess sources of quality health information

Responsible Web Searching

The ease and convenience of web searching makes the Internet the likely first place to look.

This page give pointers toward credible web resources to search first for quality information.

But the Web is not the only place to go to: peer-reviewed articles, books, and professionals are key resources, too.

HONcode Quality

The Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) certification helps you identify reliable and credible Web sources of health and medical information.

While HON doesn't guarantee the accuracy of a site's medical information, HONcode certification indicates that the website's developers have agreed to basic ethical standards in presenting information. These include

  • Authoritative
  • Complementarity
  • Privacy
  • Attribution
  • Justifiability
  • Transparency
  • Financial Disclosure
  • Advertising Policy

About 7,300 sites are HONcode members. Most are US sites but the percent of non-US sites is growing. Examples include  (check for the HONcode symbol located at the bottom of the home page):

To speed up your search experience, consider

Top Ten Websites to Try First

The Medical Library Association recommends these as the most useful sites for health consumers:

Medline Plus Health News

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