Health information websites should describe where their information comes from (for example, scientific research published in medical journals). Here are some tools to help you follow up on the sources.
- PubMed (English): A free public database from the National Library of Medicine (USA) with millions of abstracts of published medical articles. You will be able to read the full text of some articles for free (when published in Open Access journals). For tips and video tutorials on using PubMed, click here.
- Google Scholar: An easy to use search engine like Google that searches for scholarly (scientific) publications, including articles, books, and documents. For tips on using Google Scholar, click here.
- Understanding Research (English & French): This website introduces research steps and basic concepts in health research, like research ethics, literature reviews, knowledge translation, research methods and study design (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods). Want to know how to read a research article, watch this video tutorial (12 mins).
- CIHR Jargon Buster (English & French): Words used in health research explained in easy-to-understand language by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The information found on this website is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace the advice of a health professional. For your specific health care needs, consult a doctor or another health professional.