Below you will find a useful guide to finding quality health information online. The guide discusses search strategies, the best types of websites to utlize, and includes a list of recommended websites. In addition, you will find a handout that describes a detailed strategy for judging the credibility of websites.
It can be difficult to find websites that have reliable information. Your instructors may restrict the types of websites used for a project because it can be difficult to find the author, if the site has been reviewed, or even when it was published. Anyone can add anything to the Internet, so it is best to proceed with caution, especially when researching a health-related topic. Here is a list of sites that contain authoritative information:
Occupational Therapy Information Sites
On this site, you can find information about research, scholarships, grants, and programs. The foundation also creates two different newsletters: Research Resources and Inside AOTF.
This professional websites includes information about the profession, research articles, and more. For access to some information, you need a subscription, but much of the information is open to everyone.
This consumer website provides objective information about thousands of assistive devices. The site does not directly sell anything, but does provide information about manufacturers.
On this site you can find information about the latest research and programs available for those with disabilities. Click on the "Reports and Resources" link for helpful tools.
General Health Information
This site has information about diseases, conditions, and other public health matters.
This site has general information about health conditions, clinical trials, and updates on the latest medical research