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Recommended Websites for Health Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people—at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships.
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
The Global Health Education Consortium is an online community dedicated to providing information and educational resources about global health.
Demographic and Health Surveys
The DHS has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries.
Global Health Council
The Global Health Council is a non-governmental organization committed to providing a neutral view on global health, along with information on research and policies about global health.
Mednar is a free, medically-focused deep web search engine. As an alternative to Google, Mednar accelerates your research with a search of authoritative public and deep web resources
National Institutes of Health
The NIH is the nation's medical research agency and supports both domestic and international health discoveries and endeavors.
Office on Women's Health
The Office on Women's Health (OWH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to improve the health and sense of well-being of all U.S. women and girls.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. You can search this site for health data and statistics, information on health campaigns, guidelines, legislation, grants, and more.
U.S. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
CHR&R provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support community leaders working to improve health and increase health equity. The rankings are complemented by tools and resources designed to accelerate community learning and action.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA’s mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use.
World Health Organization
The WHO provides health information on an international scale.
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Recommended Websites for Nutrition Research
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States. It works to shape the food choices and nutritional status of the public for optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
Choose My Plate
Provided by the USDA, Choose My Plate provides videos, infographics, and other educational materials related to nutrition and health.
As First Lady, Michelle Obama launched the Let's Move! initiative to combat obesity and enable young people to develop healthier food and exercise habits. The Let's Move! archived website provides classroom lessons, videos, gardening guides, statistics, recipes, and activity calendars to help young people make healthier choices.
MedLine Plus: Nutrition
MedlinePlus, produced by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, provides information in plain language from trusted sources on over 1,000 diseases and conditions. The website contains directories, a medical encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
USDA Economic Research Service: Food Choices and Health
The Economic Research Service (ERS) is the US Department of Agriculture's main source for economic research and information. The agency was established to aid in public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. On its Food Choices and Health topic page, the ERS website features research regarding diet quality and nutrition, food access and demand, consumer labeling, and the relationship between economics and dietary patterns.
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center, which is part of the National Agricultural Library administered by the U.S.D. A., is a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination. Their website provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.
Vegan Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals, the environment, and human health by educating the public about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and encouraging the spread of vegan food options through public outreach campaigns.
Google Scholar is an open web source that will search scholarly content. Try a search below:
- If the item is available freely online, there will be a link that reads "PDF" or "HTML"
- If the item is available through ELAC Library, there will be a link that reads "E-resources @ ELAC"
Google Search Tips
- TRY: college students and stress and health (Instead of: How does stress affect the health of college students?)
Limit by domain:
- site:.gov college students and stress and health
Limit by website:
- site:latimes.com college students and stress and health
- interview college students and stress and health
Use quotes to search a name or exact phrase:
- "George W. Bush" and "No Child Left Behind"
Evaluate Websites for Credibility
Many websites are not edited or fact-checked. Be sure to always evaluate any source you find on the open web! Investigate the following to determine if a source is reputable:
- Author: Can you determine who created the site? Is this person reputable? Is there contact information for you to reach the author?
- Accuracy: Does the website include references or sources? Can information be verified? Is the site edited as far as grammar and spelling?
- Audience: Who is the website created for? Is it appropriate for a college-level paper or project?
- Purpose: Why does the website exist? What does the author get out of creating it? Is the website trying to persuade you to buy something or adopt someone else's beliefs?
- Date: When was the site created? Updated? Is it recent enough for your paper or project?
For further guidance, check out "How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet" by the National Institutes of Health.
Still unsure? Try out these tests: