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Consumer Health Resources

This guide is intended to help people find important and reliable health information and resources for health information education.

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Welcome to Brown University Library's guide to consumer health information. This guide is intended to provide you with important and reliable health information and guidelines for evaluating health/medical information. The guide also provides information and resources for the purposes of health information education. 


This guide is not a substitute for visiting a doctor about health concerns or medical conditions. 

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Rhode Island Health Resources

Get access to information specific to healthcare and consumer health in Rhode Island and learn more about accessing healthcare at a reduced cost. 

Evaluating Health Information

Some easy tips for evaluating online health information:

  • Don't use a regular Google Search, instead use one of the databases or resources on this site. 
  • Avoid .com websites because they could be misleading in favor of profit.
  • Check an author's credentials to determine whether they are a health professional associated with a legitimate institution. 
  • Look for publication dates and decide whether the information updated. 

The websites listed below also have great information about finding quality health information.