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RNSG 2221:Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management: Websites

This libguide introduces you to library resources that will help you with your Nursing Position Statements.

Searching for Websites

The Internet has a lot of great resources.  It is important, however, to evaluate the website to make sure it has reliable information before using it in your paper.



Who is the author of the website?  Do they have a degree in the topic they are writing about?  Who are they affiliated with?  

(Look for author name, “about us,” “who we are,” etc… for this information)



How old is the information?  Has it been updated recently? (Look for the publication date)



Is the information biased?  Are they taking a side of the issue and trying to push their opinion or trying to sell you something?  Is it fact or opinion?  It is important to use unbiased sources for informational papers. 



Is the topic fully covered? What is the purpose of the webpage?  Did they author state where they got the information?



Lastly, do not use Wikipedia as a source for your academic papers.  Most instructors will not allow it to be used because it is not always accurate and may not have reputable authors.

Using Google Effectively


  1. For this assignment, you can only use reputable websites from .edu, .gov., .org
  2. Put your keywords in the search box.
  3. After you put your keywords add the following:

Example:  Planned parenthood funding


Helpful Websites

US Government:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

FDA (Food and Drug Administration):

NIH (National Institutes of Health):

Homeland Security:

US Customs and Border Protection:

US Dept Health and Human Svcs:

Medical Information: Medline Plus: (Medical google)

Medical Associations:        

AMA American Medical Assoc.:

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Assoc:


United Nations:

WHO:  World Health Org.:


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