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SDV 101: Orientation to Healthcare: Websites

Guide by Kristin Snawder. Direct comments to

How to Evaluate Websites - Quick Tips


Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

Learn More About How to Evaluate Websites

Better Googling

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("affordable care act" OR obamacare) AND seniors

174,000 results



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How does the affordable care act effect seniors?

3,150,000 results

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          How does the affordable care act effect seniors?

  • Connect the main ideas with AND.
          affordable care act AND seniors

  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
          "affordable care act" AND seniors

  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          ("affordable care act" OR obamacare) AND seniors

  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          ("affordable care act" OR obamacare) AND seniors

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

Wikipedia and Academic Research


How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

Check mark A basic overview of your topic.
Check mark Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.
Check mark Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.
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References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X  The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.