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Nursing program: Research skills: Finding Web sites

Provides starting points for research in TCC's Nursing Program

Nursing-related Web sites

These sites are useful for career and employment information:

To find other authoritative sites

To find other authoritative sites that might include information to support your topic, use Google (or another search engine) and try the following search:

  • “your topic” AND (association OR organization)
    • For example: “wound care” AND association
  • “nursing specialty” AND (association OR organization)
    • For example:  “rehabilitation nursing” AND (association OR organization)

Check sections of the sites with labels such as:  resources, guidelines, research, publications. Many sites contain both free and fee-based information. If the association publishes a journal, you can check the TCC Periodicals List to determine whether you have free access.

Web sites

You need to be extra cautious about information found on the World Wide Web. 

Why? Because both individuals and groups can create websites and write about anything they choose--whether or not they have the education, training, or experience to make them experts.  

For all of its "untamed" nature the World Wide Web contains a great deal of reliable, authoritative information.

These pages are dedicated to helping you find that information.

Evaluating Web sites

Things to ask yourself when evaluating a website:

  • Is the author of the website clearly identified? (an author could be an organization, such as the National Institutes of Health)
  • Is there an "About" link clearly describing the author's credentials and purpose for creating the website?
  • What is the domain (.com; .org; .gov; .edu)? Generally, .com are commercial sites dedicated in some way to making money.  Only governments and schools can have .gov and .edu domains. Generally non-profit organizations use .org but anyone can use the .org domain, so use care.
  • When was the information last updated?
  • Is the language professional and neutral? Or, is there biased or accusational language? 
  • Who is the intended audience?  Is this meant for professionals or more useful as a patient education source?
  • Does the author use poor spelling and grammar? Are there exclamation points(!)?  None of these are present in reliable and authoritative websites.

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