Essay on Evaluating a Credible Website

953 Words Feb 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Evaluating a Website for Credibili
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR500
January 8, 2016

Evaluating a Website for Credibility
Receiving healthcare information for professional nurses and their patients is an important topic in today’s society. The term “just Google it” is as common as drinking a cup of morning coffee. This paper will evaluate the website Healthfinder.gov. This is a government website that provides access to disease management and tools to keep healthy. The website can be found by accessing Google.com and typing healthfinder in the search or by entering the domain name http://healthfinger.gov in the search engine browser. This paper will examine if this is a credible website to use as a professional nurse for
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The Federal Government sponsors and provides funding for this site. There are no additional advertisements to impair the objectivity of the site. The site is updated daily and new links are added daily. There is no evidence of any broken links to prevent ease of navigation. The privacy and security policy is clearly discussed by clicking the tab on the home page, “Privacy Policy”. No personal data is required to access information to this site and an email is provided to address any concerns a visitor may have about the site.
Empirical Evidence of Website Credibility
Credibility markers librarians often use to help guide consumers find reliable websites for healthcare are to determine the sponsor of the content and currency of the site. The journal Health Disclaimers and Website Credibility Markers discussed how public libraries provide the public with access to online health information. There is a responsibility of libraries to help guide patrons to find credible websites using credibility markers. Librarians should direct uses to cues of a credible website such as, author, sponsor and date of publication. (Charbonneau, 2015) The same responsibility lies with nurses to obtain information and help direct others to credible websites. Healthfinder.gov has the appropriate credibility markers of a government sponsorship and current health information uploaded on a daily basis.
Healthcare information provided on the internet

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