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In Class 4 we discussed Internet research. This tutorial from the National Library of Medicine Evaluating Internet Health Information that can be reached from this URL http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval.html should help you to reiterate the major points discussed in class. View this tutorial (it's 16 minutes long) and answer the following questions:

1. List at least two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information.
2. List at least two potential risks, when trusting Internet health resources.
3. Why is it important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information?

Your answers should be written in complete sentences, not just two-three words. You can write them as short paragraphs, 2-4 complex sentences each.

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1. List at least two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information.
A benefit of using web sources when searching for health information is that it gives you up to date information on anything you are looking up. Another benefit is that you can find a lot of information on a specific topic, you just have to make sure that it is a trusted website.

2. List at least two potential risks, when trusting Internet health resources.
One potential risk when trusting an Internet health resource is that it might be selling you something and not only giving you information. Another risk of trusting an Internet health resource is that it might favor its sponsor so it might not be giving genuine information.

3. Why is it important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information?
It is important to evaluate web resources because you want to know where your information is coming from and if they are going to make you lean to something in their favor. Another reason to evaluate web resources is because you want to make sure the information being provided is good quality. Especially when it comes to health information because if you don't know if the quality is good then it might not benefit you in any way.

A benefit of using web resources to research health information is that you can find data and facts from accredited and reliable authors who research the subject. The other benefit is that you can go to your doctor with some knowledge of your health concern because you learned about it on the internet from your home which is very convenient.
A couple risks associated with using web resources to find health information is that many websites are run by groups who claim to know something about a topic, but their facts and research are not accredited and they cannot be trusted as reliable. Another concern is that some websites encourage you to buy products that may not be useful, and they can use your personal information for malicious intent.
It is important to evaluate web resources in regard to health information because false information can be dangerous if you trust it to use as a health fact. Many resources are not reliable and you can avoid risks by checking who runs the website, what their background qualifications are, and how they will use your valuable personal information.

1. One benefit of using web sources when searching for health information is that the internet contains an enormous amount of information that you have access to. Another benefit of using web sources is that you are more likely to find up to date information on the internet as opposed to a book.
2.One risk of using internet health sources is the risk of disclosing your personal information to strangers in order to access information. Another risk of using health sources is mistaking false information from an unreliable source from real information from a reliable one.
3. It is extremely important to evaluate web resources with respect to health information. If, for example, you find information with respect to your own health that is false and potentially detrimental because it came from an unreliable source, and you chose to use it, you could potentially damage your body. You also run the risk of giving out personal information to shady people if the website is not properly evaluated.

1. Sites can be frequently updated and can contain the latest information about a topic, compared to a book or article which can only contain information up to the date it is published. Also, since the internet is so vast, you can find very specific articles for your topic.

2. A website can mask itself as an informative page while actually being an advertisement for a product. Some websites do not provide dates for when the articles were written so it is unclear whether the information is still relevant.

3. In order to know how good a website is as a resource, you need to know where the information is coming from. Some websites, such as the one in the video, get information from vague sources. The other site gets their information from a group of medical doctors. It is especially important to get health information from medical doctors instead of other sources.

1. two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information is getting potential helpful information that can help you as well as getting a variety of different sources to compare and get a solid answer to your question.
2. One risk is that out of date in formation could be hazardous to your health. The other risk is that a legit doctor may have not agreed with the research and therefore could be false.
3. It is important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information because information that you may read could actually be harmful. Another reason why it is important to evaluate the source is because it may be a false website and just wanting personal information from you.

1. The benefits of using trusted web sources is the accurate information they display and the security one can have, so that their information would not be shared without their consent.

2. When looking at Internet health resources one should remember that the information they display could be out of date or incorrect. So using multiple resources is suggested for a broader view of the subject at hand. Another concern could be what the Web Site is actually professing. Is it actually giving you information to better yourself or is it trying to convince you of a product they are selling that would be beneficial to you? It wouldn't be entirely bad if it is actually what you are looking for, but there's a risk in obtaining it from a site that does this.

3. It's important to evaluate web resources as a whole because it helps in understanding the topic you are searching. This is especially important when looking terms up in a health-related subject. You don't want any outdated or radical information. You want to be sure of the information you are reading so that some action can be taken, depending on the problem at hand. Taking the time to evaluate web sites is recommended and is beneficial in the long run.

A. Two benefits are:

One benefit is that you can have immediate access to information regarding health.

Another benefit is that if you do find a credible website that is up-to-date, it can give you useful information to bring up with your doctor when you see them next.

B. Two potential risks are:

Out-of-date and/or non-credible information is a possible risk online, since you do not need to be a credible source to make a site and they can be left without an update for long periods of time.

Privacy can also be a big concern and risk, since there is the possibility that whatever information you give out will be sent to others that you might not want knowing it.

C. It is important to evaluate we resources because:

Especially when it comes to health information, it is important to evaluate our web sources since people will be taking possibly faulty information as true when it comes down to their personal well-being.

Someone acting on false or out-of-date information could put their own health at risk because of one or two bad websites.

Grant McLenithan
Professor Holden
UNL 206 Information Literacy in the Sciences
April 17, 2014
1. A benefit of using a web sources when searing a topic is the vast amount of information one can receive when researching the topic health information, going from broad general information to very niche material. A second benefit is the people who are providing the health information can be of credible source such as being experts in their field if they are properly researched upon.
2. A potential risk when trusting internet sources important personal information regarding yourself may find itself on the web when you are accessing certain sites requiring information. Another is the potential that the information if not correctly researched or cited may be flawed and therefore useless even when on a well-known website.
3. It is important to evaluate a web resources in regard to health information, this is due to the content within the website if a website is subpar with its content and sources then any information that comes from the source potentially could be harmful. With the topic of the health information the potential for harm increases with the danger a person relying on the information could place themselves in.

1. List at least two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information.

- We can get access to the most current and up-to-date information on a particular subject.
- We can get medical advice easily, for free, and whenever we need it.

2. List at least two potential risks, when trusting Internet health resources.

- The source might be trying to sell us a product that we might not need.
- The site might provide irrelevant or incorrect information, that might be hazardous to our health.

3. Why is it important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information?

- Before evaluating web content, we can never be sure if the information provided are reliable, and up-to-date. It is especially important when looking for the health information, because a wrong decision based on the inaccurate information provided on these websites may have very dangerous consequences for our health.

One benefit of using a web source when searching for health information is that its quick information. You can find an answer in about five minutes or less. A second benefit of web sources is that they provide us with easy access to information rather than going to the doctors. (is this a good idea? probably not.)
That all being said with this comes great risk. One risk being you can't always trust what you read on the internet. It is possible a five year old is posting what your reading. Therefore you have no idea who's posting some things on the internet. That leads me to my second risk, untrue facts are made possible by this. It is also possible that people can alter what other people write on the internet then making what was once factual information false.
It's important to evaluate web sources, especially those you are using as medical resources, because if you are trusting them to make a medical diagnosis (which in my eyes isn't the best idea anyways, see a doctor too) then you better make sure they are 100% accurate. I mean after all they are telling you what's wrong with you aren't they? So you better make sure they're right and evaluate them first.

Web sources can be tremendously informative, which is a very good thing when you want information regarding your health. This comprehensive nature is a definitive benefit to web sources when searching for health information. Another benefit is the ability to quickly navigate through many different web sources and hopefully validate the health information that you find.

Inherent in the internet are also definite risks however. Not all of the information that you will find on the internet will be verifiable without the help of a doctor or other health professional. Another issue with health information that you find online is the susceptibility to biased due to many web sources being funded by sales.

It is important to evaluate web resources in general so that you can be aware of what the agenda of a website is and in what way is a website biased. This is particularly important when it comes to health information websites because you do not want to trust information from a website that may be able to profit by convincing you of something concerning your health, whether or not it is entirely correct.

1. Web sources can educate the public and inform them on healthier living.
2. The site may have an unspoken purpose to sell products in order to get information and the information can be of low, biased quality.
3.To understand if the information your receiving is reliable and true, approved by certified medical professionals and not opinion.

1. List at least two benefits of using web sources when searching for health information.
2. List at least two potential risks, when trusting Internet health resources.
3. Why is it important to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regard to health information?

1. One benefit for using web sources when searching for health information is that it is easily assessable and available, that do not require many resources to get. Especially when looking at health related information, time is often of the essence and money is often limited.
Another benefit for using web sources when searching for health information is that proper sites are updates regularly with up to date findings in the health field, which can be very helpful when determining the proper course of treatment needed. It also allows for you to get in touch with a wide variety of physicians and professionals in the health field.

2. One potential risk for trusting internet health resources in that web sites can be established by anyone. Their reliability and validity of this information is always in question, that is why it is so necessary that one uses a website from a trusted site that is updated regularly.
Another potential risk for trusting internet health resources is that often they are set up to benefit a specific treatment/pharmaceutical company trying to advertise their product. That is why it is necessary to find a website that is not biased when giving out information pertaining to the health field. Also your personal information may not be as safe if given out on non-trustworthy websites.

3. It is necessary to evaluate web resources in general and especially in regards to health information because it is of the upmost importance that information is from qualified professionals who can give you accurate information that is not biased. The quality of this information is also reviewed by experts in their fields. Furthermore, proper websites are monitored and continuously updated for up to date findings in the science field as science is advancing at a very fast rate.

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