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Health 25: Women's Health (Rittenhouse): Web

Recommended Web Resources A federal government website managed by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Minority Women's Health: Latinas: Information on health conditions common in Latinas. Some pages in Spanish.

Healthy Women: Sponsored by the National Women's Health Resource Center.

Medline Plus: Women's HealthA service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Some pages in Spanish. This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Women's Health:  For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. Some pages in Spanish. Life Stages: Women: Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers. A service of the National Agricultural Library, USDA.

Women's Health Topics:  Sponsored by the U.S.Food & Drug Administration. Some pages in Spanish.

Our Bodies Ourselves: Health Information: Sponsored by the nonprofit, public interest organization that "develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Women's Health and Complementary Approaches: Describes complementary and alternative medicine. Health information includes acupuncture, herbs, clinical trials, and how to choose a CAM practitioner. Includes link to information in Spanish.

HON: Health on the Net Foundation:  The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) promotes and guides the deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. 

San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership: A cross-sector collaboration designed to improve the health and wellness of all San Franciscans.

SF Dept. of Public Health: Information about local health services and resources.

Google Search Tip

Narrow your Google searches by adding a specific domain. 

Sample searches:

latinas health site:edu = results will be from academic institutions

latinas health site:gov = results will be from government sites

Evaluating Health Information on the Web

Evaluating a Health Website

When you find information on the web, you have to be especially careful about evaluating it--checking to see whether it is reliable 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 the 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.

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