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PBHE 2101: Introduction to Global Health

Other helpful hints about websites

Utilize domains to evaluate websites

Knowing what the domains stand for can assist you in your evaluation.  

.gov - Government - indicates that the site is sponsored by federal, state or local government.  The federal government sponsors several educational sites covering many topics from medicine to plants.  The government also has many sites with helpful statistical information.

.edu - Education - indicates that the site is sponsored by an educational institution.  As always, carefully evaluate the information on these pages as individual students and faculty can utilize the space to present a variety of information.  

.org - Organization - usually indicates that the site is sponsored by an organization, but this domain is now available to anyone.  These pages sometimes present useful information but can also be used to persuade and present one side of an issue.  

.com - Company - usually a commercial site that is selling a product or service.  

Evaluate Sources

Throughout the research process, you should be evaluating your sources to determine if they meet your research needs. Below are some guidelines to follow in the evaluation of your sources. These guidelines can be applied to books, articles, websites and any other resource you may be using.  

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Evaluating and Comparing Sources

Evaluating sources: Finding information about Guinea Worm Disease, a NTD (Neglected Tropical Disease)

Articles on the web:

Going straight to trusted resources: