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Health 59: Intro to Community Health Work: Trusted Web Sites

This guide will help you find books, articles and websites for Health 59.

Web Evaluation Tips

When you find information on the web, you have to be especially careful about evaluating it--checking to see if it's realiable and "usable" for your school work.

Here's a quick tip guide for evaluating Health-related content on the web.  Bear in mind that everything on list always applies, but the C.A.R.D.I.O. assessment is a good first step.


When was this site last updated?  Look at a few documents on the page—can you tell when they were written?

How important is this to you and/or your topic?


What person or organization is responsible for this content?  What are his/hers/their credentials?

What makes the author(s) an authority on this subject?


What is this site about? Is it easy to tell?  What is the scope of coverage (broad, narrow, etc.)

Who do you think is the audience for this info?

      Depth & Documentation:

Any references, footnotes/endnotes, or links to other sites/pages?  Do the links work?  How “deep” is this info?  

Is it appropriate for a research paper, or more suited to a consumer?

      Information Type:

Is this primary information? Is it the first presentation of this material?

Is this secondary information? Has the information been reviewed or changed in some way from the original?

Is the material factual or analytical, objective or subjective? Leading us to the last ….


Does this site appear to be objective, or does it contain a bias?  Is the site selling something, like a produce or an idea?

Be sure you understand the point of view of the author or organization behind the page.

Trusted Health Websites

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General Health Sites:

  • Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine).  Good background on various diseases, conditions, and public health issues.  If you are looking for a topic, check out this list of population groups and health issues.
  • (National Institutes of Health).  A vast resources of medical research and health initiative data.
  • (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention).  Great source for reliable background information on health conditions and communicable diseases.

Health Demographics & Data:

  • State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation).  Includes clickable area maps on CA and the entire nation that geographically depicts health demographic information.
  • National Center for Health Statistics Subset of the Center for Disease Control's website that offers  user-friendly interface to locate health data.
  • SFHIP Focusing exclusively on the city and county of San Francisco, this site shares health data for the region.  Every three years, the organziation that runs this site, a federation of public and private locale health agenies, conducts a comprehensive health assessment for the region.

Health Services

Source Evaluation Presentation

Library & Learning Resources, City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 452-5541