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NU412: Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Resources: Internet Resources

Finding Psychiatric and Mental Health Web Sites

Google is useful for finding Web sites. Check out Google's Cheat Sheet for tips on using Google more effectively. The library also has guides and tutorials to help you navigate the Web.

Another great tool for locating health-related Web sites is MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus will lead you to Web sites that will answer medical questions. These Web sites have been reviewed for authority by experts from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Sites found through MedlinePlus are great starting points and are particularly useful for patients.

 

 

Selected Psychiatric Nursing/Mental Health Web Sites

Website Evaluation Tips

Check out these tips when deciding to use an online source. Always be skeptical. 

  • Authority: Who is responsible for creating the web page? Is there a publisher or sponsor of the web page? Can you find information about the author and publisher? 
  • Audience: Who is this web site created for? Is the content geared towards an age group or population group? 
  • Accuracy: How does the information compare to other sources?
  • Content: What is the content of the web site: images, articles, a blog? The type of domain (.edu, .gov, .org) may provide some clues about the information.  Can you detect a bias? Are there cited references?
  • Currency: How recent is the web site? Is there information on when it was last updated?