Skip to main content
 CHANGE IN VISITATION GUIDELINES: Please read before visiting Rutgers Cancer Institute.

Evaluating Internet Health Information

Begin by watching this video created the Resource and Learning Center.


Medical Library Association: A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web - Learn how to evaluate a website and also find a listing of top consumer health sites.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, here you will find a wealth of information to help you decide if a site is reliable.  Also look at:

National Cancer Institute: Using Trusted Resources - Here are some guidelines for determining whether or not a source is credible, as well as a short video from the Federal Trade Commission on cancer treatment scams.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Evaluating Health Websites - Learn how to tell the difference between sound medical information on the Internet and dangerous information.


Interactive Tutorials / Videos

MedlinePlus Interactive Tutorial: Evaluating Internet Health Information - This interactive video is from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics, the tutorial explains the subject in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial. Note: The tutorial requires a special Flash plug-in and you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

Trust It or Trash It - This is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information.


January 2021