Consider the Source - Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality - All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Be a cyberskeptic - Quackery abounds on the Web. Does the information use deliberately obscure, "scientific" sounding language? Does it promise quick, dramatic, miraculous results?
Look for the evidence - Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency - Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias - what is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2013
GOOGLE SEARCH TOOLS
- Pew Research Center - nonpartisan fact tank with current polls & data on public policy issues
- Public Policy Institute of California - nonpartisan fact tank current polls & data on California
- RAND Corporation - research & analysis of international policy issues from the nonprofit RAND corporation
Science, Health & the Environment
- AskNature - a database of nature's solutions to human design problems from the Biomimicry Institute
- Centre for Sustainable Design - from the University for the Creative Arts in the UK
- Environmental Protection Agency - Research on human health & the environment from the federal government
- Energy Information Administration - from the federal Department of Energy
- Green Design Institute - from Carnegie Mellon
- Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy - federal Department of Energy
- Water Resources Data - from the U.S. Geological Survey
- National Institutes of Health-- Medical research from the federal department of Health & Human Services
- MedlinePlus - from the National Library of Medicine
- Manufacturing.gov - from the National Instute of Standards and Technology
- National Center for Environmental Health - from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- United National Environment Programme - Atlas of our changing environment
- Green California - from the state of California
- Health Reports and Statistics - From the Santa Cruz County Health Services
- Santa Cruz County Assessment Project (2015) - in-depth data from surveys and community organizations on quality of life in Santa Cruz from the United Way
- Santa Cruz Public Library's Community Information Database - a database of human service resources available to people in Santa Cruz County