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NS 112: Healthcare Delivery Systems: Websites & Newspapers

Professional & Organizational Websites

For this type of assignment you want to make sure that the website you use is reliable and accurate. There are many factors that must be considered when evaluating a website, but in general you should try and stick with websites created by and for professionals. Maybe it's the website for a professional association such as the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The Kent State University Library has an excellent guide that provides questions and factors to consider when evaluating a website. If you have any questions, or if you would like a Fairfield University Librarian to take a look at a website and provide some guidance and feedback, please contact us.

Government Sources

Depending on your topic, a government website may be a great place to look for information. Your topic may be a government program like Medicare or the Affordable Care Act. There may be government laws and legislation relevant to topics like palliative care or telemedicine. Government sources are fact-checked, updated regularly, and created by people with the appropriate level of educational and professional experience.

News Sources

News sources such as newspapers, magazines, television, or online news agencies, can be great places to search for the most recent changes/trends/controversies relating to a topic. There are two primary advantages of searching for news sources within one of our databases and not the open web. First, we have access to thousands of newspapers that you normally would need a subscription to access. Second, we have access to news sources from all over the world. A Google search for the news primarily focuses on sources published within the United States, which can be an obstacle if your topic has an international angle to it.

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