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Medical Informatics

This research guide was created to help you find resources on the topic of medical informatics.

Getting Started

Researching a topic is a process, check out the links below to help you get started, find information and how to stay current on a topic

To Wikipedia or not to Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great way to start off your research, but it is a horrible place to end at.  

An article on Wikipedia can:

  • provide a little backgropund information on a topic
  • help you find keywords to use in the library
  • show you links to other sources of information on the topic

But always apply the CRAAP test to any information you find on Wikipedia and make sure to verify the information with trusted resource, like a book or a journal article

Evaluating Information

The Internet has good stuff, but it is also full of unreliable information. Before you use a website for research, be sure it is:

  • Currency - Is the information up to date?

  • Relevance - Does the information meet your need?

  • Authority - Is the source trustworthy?

  • Accuracy - Is the information correct?

  • Purpose - Why was the website created? Is there a bias?

 

For more information on evaluating information, Evaluating Information - Thinking Critically CRAAP Test from Ron E. Lewis Library Lamar State College.

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