When to Use the Web
As you approach your research question, you will first want to determine which types of sources to consult. Remember, consulting textbooks (both in print and electronic formats), journal literature, information from the Internet and experts are all viable options.
Internet resources are most appropriate for:
- Example: Where can I find information on the risks of smokeless tobacco for my patient who speaks Spanish?
- Example: What are the practice guidelines for the use of sealants?
Consult: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Evidence-based Practice
- Example: What are the seatbelt laws in Massachusetts?
Consult: Massachusetts Laws & Legal Information
- Example: What does the American Dental Association recommend for treating bruxism?
Consult: American Dental Association (ADA)
- Example: How many HIV cases were reported in Massachusetts in 2005?
Consult: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Note: If you use websites to answer your research questions, please make sure that you evaluate the quality of the information you have found. For more information on determining website quality, check out our page on Evaluating Internet Information.
Additionally, to aid in selecting high-quality websites you can use the Library’s Subjects A-Z resources, which list many quality-filtered weblinks.