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Determining Reliable Websites

There is a lot of information out on the internet and it is our job to decipher what is reliable and what can be potentially harmful. Knowing how to find reliable health/medical information and resources is a key tool to continue living healthy lives. When researching health and medical information there are some questions you should ask yourself first before trusting a website.

The National Institute on Aging has a comprehensive website with tips and questions to ask to determine whether a website is reliable. 

Coronavirus Information

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not bee previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronavirus that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. During pandemics misinformation tends to surge, therefore, be wary of information you read on the internet. Here are some reliable websites to get up to date information regarding the coronavirus: 

Handling Misinformation 

Navigating through health/medical misinformation especially in the social media era can be difficult. Knowing what to look for and to be aware that misinformation is out there is an important step in finding reliable sources. Misinformation is false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead. Some ways to keep an eye out for misinformation is to:

  • Fact checking
  • Information is coming from first hand sources
  • Check the context the information is given
  • Look for evidence to back up claims
  • Make sure it is up to date information

UConn Health Sciences Library: Consumer Health Resources

Wellness Through Answers (WTA)
Provides access to reliable health and wellness information.

WTA is the consumer health service of the UConn Health Sciences Library. Our mission is to connect Connecticut residents to the reliable medical information they need to manage their health and wellness.

From WTA you can easily:

  • browse reliable health websites by topic,
  • locate health professionals and facilities
  • find tools to help decipher health news stories, medical studies, or lab results
  • read the latest issue of our bimonthly newsletter or access earlier issues
  • ask for help researching a health topic

WTA serves libraries and individuals by email and phone. Contact us by email at hnet@uchc.edu or by phone at 860-679-4500.