- Bumps & Babies
- Kid Stuff
- Home & Garden
In this day and age where abundant amounts of information can be found with a single click of a mouse, it can be quite difficult to differentiate between the evidence-based information and the blog talk. Today, I’m presenting you with 4 main questions to ask yourselves when you’re doing some research on the internet.
*When looking for health information online, keep in mind that the Internet is not regulated. Anyone can set up a website.
When you’re looking at a website, it should clearly show which company, person or organization is responsible for the information that is being written. This alone, can help you decide if it is a reliable website with evidence-based information or if the website was set up to have discussions over personal opinions. The “URL” of a website can also give you a lot of insight on whether or not the information is dependable.
The website should indicate where the information you are reading is coming from. The material may be composed from other resources or articles or it may be original (written by the people or organization that run the site). With original content, it should be clearly indicated who wrote the article and what their credentials and experience is. Articles that are written by qualified individuals or that cite multiple evidence-based resources are usually more trustworthy. The sources cited should always be available to you so you can verify the information from the original site and/or article.
Information changes every day as research is continually done and new research becomes available. For this reason, websites with reliable information must review and update their content regularly. The website you are looking at should also be consistently available, with the date of the latest revision clearly posted. You can often find a statement at the bottom of a page as to when the content of a site was last reviewed and updated.
Reliable websites always provide contact information so you can get in touch with them if you have any questions or feedback concerning their information.
Always remember—It’s a good idea to talk about the information you read on the Internet with a trained professional (whether it is a health matter, nutrition matter or budget matter) before making any big decisions that may change your life or your family’s life.