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BHSW 2500 Library Research Resources

Search the Web like a Pro!

The following video provides an introduction to some simple search techniques that can be used to weed-out irrelevant and low-quality sources, so that you can find the most relevant and credible sources for your research task.

Exploring Health Issues via Organizations and Advocacy Groups

Local, national, and international health and healthcare organizations and advocacy groups represent, communicate, and advocate on behalf healthcare workers and those affected by a wide range of conditions and diseases. As students and researchers, we can look to these organizations and advocacy groups as credible resources that often provide up-to-date information.

Using Google or your favourite web search, explore your healthcare concern or disease. Look for credible websites from local and leading organizations and advocacy groups, if available. 

Some resource starting points are listed:

The CRAAP Test Method

CRAAP Method

Use the CRAAP Test method to determine if a web resource is right for you. Evaluate sources based on the following points:

  • Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?
  • Relevance: Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
  • Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
  • Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?