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Health Research Guide: Open Web Resources

Recommended Websites for Health Research

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Google Scholar

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 Scholar Search

Google Search Tips

Use keywords:

  • TRY: college students and stress and health (Instead of: How does stress affect the health of college students?)

Limit by domain:

  • college students and stress and health

Limit by website:

  • college students and stress and health

Find interviews:

  • interview college students and stress and health

Use quotes to search a name or exact phrase:

  • "George W. Bush" and "No Child Left Behind"
Google Web Search

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: