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Public Health and MPH Program

Resources for Health Science & the MPH program, including PubMed, journals, and how to obtain help.

Websites for Health Information

Evaluating Websites

When evaluating websites, determine the following:  

  • Who is the author or organization?
    • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
    • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
    • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
    • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net *
  • Date of creation or revision- usually located in the footer
    • When was the information published or posted?
    • Has the information been revised or updated?
    • Is the information current or out of date for your topic?
  • Is Information Accurate? 
    • Where does the information come from?
    • Is the information supported by evidence?
    • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
    • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
    • Does the language or tone seem biased or free of emotion?
    • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
  • Purpose:
    • What is the purpose of the information? To inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
    • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
    • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?

Adapted from The CRAAP Test by Sarah Blakeslee at Chico State's Meriam Library.