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Health Information Technology: Finding Web sites

Provides starting points for research in TCC's HIT Program

HIM/HIT-related Web sites


Career and employment information:


Online journals:


Definitions and information about a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and medical tests:

For more definitions, see the "Medical terminology" tab of this guide.

Using 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.  

Despite this warning, the web contains a great deal of reliable, authoritative information; this page is dedicated to helping you find it.

Evaluating Web sites

Things to ask yourself when evaluating a Web site:

  • Is the author of the Web site 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 others can use the .org domain, so take 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 for the general public?
  • Does the author use poor spelling and grammar? Are there exclamation points(!)?  None of these are present in reliable and authoritative Web sites.

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