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Respiratory Care Research Guide

Use this guide to find peer-reviewed articles on health and medicine.

Find Health Information for the General Public

Evaluate health and medical information carefully. 

  • Do be careful to use high quality, reliable sources, because any papers you write or projects you do for coursework will only be as convincing as the evidence you provide.
  • Your experience in finding reliable sources for coursework will help you as a working professional by giving you the knowledge and skills to remain up-to-date and to continue to provide services and care based on the latest research.

The quality of scholarly journal articles is controlled through the process of "peer review."

  • Health professionals primarily read peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Peer review is described elsewhere on this web page.
  • To learn about finding reliable health information, see Evaluating Health Information, provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Websites should be transparent about their sources of health information. In an effort to improve health information on the Internet, the Health on the Net Foundation has a set of honor code principles for websites to follow.

The general public faces a more difficult situation when judging the quality of health/medical information, because they often search the open web where anyone can place any information.

Consumers, who lack the expertise of health professionals, should use known trustworthy sites aimed at the general public such as those listed below.

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