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Nursing Resources

Site Evaluation

Evaluating Websites

It can be difficult to vet health information on the internet. The CRAAP Test is a list of criteria that can help you evaluate the information you find.

Currency

  • How old is the information?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?

Relevancy

  • Does the information answer your question?

Authority

  • What is the publisher or source?
  • What are the author's qualifications to be an expert on the topic?

Accuracy

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?

Purpose

  • What is the purpose of the information?
  • Is the information a fact, opinion, or propaganda?

See also the National Library of Medicine's guide to evaluating health websites.

Hopkins Health Library

The Hopkins Health Library is a patient's guide to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions from A to Z. Search: