Please read the following brochure regarding credible and reliable information sources:

Online Health Information

This assignment addresses course outcome 4:

  • weigh and make health-related decisions based on an understanding of the value and limits of scientific knowledge and the scientific method

Perform a quick Internet search, using Google or another major search engine. Select a search term related to health science (for example, high blood pressure, medical marihuana, opioid use, obesity, type 2 diabetes) and see what kind of results you receive. When considering a term to select, think about one or two words rather than phrases. Avoid phrases like “which diet will help me lose weight the fastest” or “top 10 foods to make me healthy.”

Write a short essay (at least 250 words), using complete paragraphs and appropriate organization. Avoid incomplete sentences or bulleted lists (except for your search term and how many results were obtained). Check your spelling and grammar before submitting. References are required in APA format.

Please provide the following information (listed in bulleted form):

  • your search term
  • how many results you obtained

Then review some of these sources, going no further than three pages into the search result. Critically evaluate the websites you have selected. Find one website that you consider a reliable/credible source and one that you consider false, misleading, or non-factual. Keep in mind that when searching for credible sources you should also determine if your source would be appropriate to use as a scholarly reference (to support your discussions and homework assignments). Please provide the following for BOTH the credible and non-credible choices:

  • the name of the website and the link
  • the author or group providing this information
  • Is this a reliable/credible source? If so, how do you know? OR Is this a non-credible source? If so, how do you know?
  • What was the hardest part about sifting through health information?
 

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