Internet Search Strategies


September 1, 2001

The following tips can help you find reliable health information online.

Top Site

Searching the Web

  • Google.com can search more than 1.3 billion Web pages in less than a second. The “Cached” link in each result may even access pages that no longer exist on their original Web site but are stored in the Google archive. It is possible to restrict searches to only government sites or specific individual sites. a For optimal efficiency, read the search tips and then set your preferences. Most people will find it best to search for 100 pages at a time, limited to English, with “Safe Search turned on to filter out pornographic sites that use misleading metatags to attractirrelevant traffic. Google also has a search engine for archived newsgroup messages.
  • Babel Fish provides English translations of text or Web pages written in Chinese, French, German, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Searching Medline

  • MEDLINEplus: Free searching of the National Library of Medicine database of medical journal articles
  • Clinical Queries: Tends to retrieve the most relevant citations.
  • PaperChase: A more elaborate system, available for free trial or paid subscription.

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