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Evaluating Web Sites: How to research questionable web sites

Use this guide to help find the best web sites and learn how to find out which sites might not be for you.

Sites that list reliable websites

When information is needed the following website provide lists of reviewed sites.  The reviewers are experts so you can feel confident using their recommendations.

Where you aren't sure the following websites list bogus health information

  • Quack Watch - Quackwatch, Inc. is an American non-profit organization founded by Stephen Barrett that states its mission is to "combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct" with a primary focus on providing "quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere
  • Medical Fraud Scams - Medical frauds range from people posing as doctors and practicing without a license, to useless supplements, worthless or dangerous diet aides, fake medicines and cures for cancer. The links below provide information about Medical Frauds provided by reputable U.S. Federal Government Agencies and independent research organizations.

Fact checker websites

Snopes was started to debunk urban legends (woman fries cat in microwave) but has gone on to investigate anything that is questionable.  It is reliable.

Webnames.ca gives steps you can take to check a website for validity.

List of Fake Websites from Wikipedia

Your local college and public libraries also offer links to reviewed and reliable websites.

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