You will probably want to use information found on the internet for your case, but you need to determine what information is useful to your case and what is not.
You want to present professional information, not information that anyone can find on the first page of results using Google. Remember, you are the expert presenting your case.
Health information online can be grouped into five types of sites. Each has positives and can provide useful information, but it is important to recognize each type and the information it presents. It is up to you to determine how useful a website is for your handout.
Business and marketing sites are usually published by corporations and their purpose is to promote the company, its services, and products. These sites frequently have information, but it may steer you towards buying their product or only give the company's side of the information.
News or current events sites provide up to date information and can include tv networks, newspapers, and magazines. They usually do not cite where they get their information and may base an entire article off of a press release from a company or organization.
Sites in the advocacy category are typically created by an organization to influence public opinion. The URL may end in .org (organization), but they may only present one site of the information available.
Informational sites provide factual information on a topic. While these sites may appear useful, often they are other types of sites that are disguised as informational. It is important to evaluate informational sites using the CRAAP test on this page. Informational site are more likely to provide information geared towards the patient, not the practitioner.
Personal websites are published by individuals. These sites can include almost anything and the individual may be an accomplished researcher, a faculty member, an individual with an agenda, or someone telling their story.
The CRAAP Test, developed by Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, provides a list ofo criteria to evaluate information online. You should ask yourself the following questions to determine if you should use a source.
Information on this page is adapted from Nova Southeastern University's "Evaluate Sources - "CRAAP Test" page at http://nova.campusguides.com/evaluate (accessed July 21, 2016) and California State University, Chico's "Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test" page at https://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf (accessed July 21, 2016).