The web can be a source of very current information as it can be updated instantly; however, locating reliable statistics can be challenging! Many organizations and agencies include health statistics that they collect or have access to. The following are some strategies for locating health-related data on the web:
Use the advanced search mode in Google to target your results. Notice how the results are impacted by each search strategy, below:
Placing quotation marks around a phrase directs the search engine to retrieve web pages in which these words appear near one another, making the results likely more relevant. Add search terms sparingly to get more focused results. This simple strategy eliminated over 2 million results!
Date limiters are useful if you want the most current information. Domain searching allows you to better focus your attention on the quality of the web pages. In the example below, all the results will be pages connected to or produced by educational institutions.