Consider the source -- Can you identify the author? 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?
Look for the evidence -- Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify their sources? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency -- Look for a publication date. Is the information current?
Beware of bias -- What is the purpose of this site? Who provides the funding?
Adapted from: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2015
- Pew Research Center - nonpartisan research reports
- Public Policy Institute of California - nonpartisan research reports on California
- Rand - Reports on Energy & the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation, and other topics.
- Santa Cruz County Assessment Project (2014) - data from surveys and community organizations on quality of life in Santa Cruz from the United Way