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Dental Medicine: Web Resources

An instructional pathfinder to researching for HPD Dental Medicine students and faculty

Recommended Websites:

Cultural Competencies

Evaluating Websites:

Credibility:

Is there an author listed?

Does the author cite sources?

Does the author have credentials?

Can you contact the author?

Who sponsored the page?

Bias:

Is the point of view objective?

Is the author biased?

Are they selling anything?

Audience:

What level is the target audience?

Is the content comprehensive or lite?

Accuracy:

Is the information source cited?

Does this site contradict other sites?

What research methods were used?

Currency:

The site was last updated when?

Is the information outdated?

Relevance:

Is the site relevant to your topic?

Is the site popular or relevant?

Evaluating publishers

If you are wriing an article for publication it is important in the current publishing climate  to evaluate the publisher. Here is a presentation by Courtney Mlinar, NSU College of Dental Medicine Library Liaison about evaluating publishers with definitions of the different types of open access publication models.

If there is not much information available about the publisher, evaluate the publisher's web site using the model shown in the box above. You can also find more information using Ulrichs Periodical Directory.