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AH 140 - Introduction to Allied Health - Karpinski, Long, & Smith

Welcome to the AH140 class guide! This guide will help you to complete your research project on careers in the medical field.

Code of Ethics

Many organizations have their Code of Ethics on their website.  The link below lists a number of these organizations, but it does not include everything. When you find a professional organization of interest, try using the search box on their website to find their Code of Ethics.

 

Health Care Organizations

Types of Top Level Domains and their Uses

As a starting point for evaluating websites, one might use the part of the web address immediately after the "dot" (for example, .com) to try to determine the reliability of the information. This part of the address (or URL) is called a "top-level domain" that someone asks to have when creating their website. The websites you most frequently visit have top-level domains, or TLDs, that likely fall into one of the following categories:

  • Country Codes - two letter representation for a country, individual countries determine who may receive a website within their country code
  • Unrestricted - three or more letter, no requirements necessary for a website ending with these TLDs
  • Sponsored - three or more letters, a Sponsoring organization determines what requirements must be met and regulates whether they are met before allowing that website to exist.
This table provides some common top-level domains, the category they fall into, and their typical usage
TLD Category A site with this TLD can be registered by...
.com Unrestricted Anyone
.edu Sponsored An accredited US-based college or university approved by EDUCAUSE
.gov Sponsored federal, state, or local governments within the US approved by an independent government agency
.net Unrestricted Anyone
.org Unrestricted Anyone
.va Country Code officials of the Vatican
.za Country Code mainly South African citizens and businesses, but no policy excludes others from registering

General Career Exploration Web Sites

SIFT Information Evaluation Habits

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Stop

  • Do you know the website?
  • What is its reputation?
  • What is your purpose?
  • How do you feel?
  • Consider cognitive biases.

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Investigate the Source

  • What exactly is the source?
  • What can you find out about the website?
  • What about the author?
  • Is it worth your time?

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Find Other Coverage

  • Is other coverage similar?
  • Can you find a better source?
  • One more trusted?
  • More in-depth?
  • What do expert sources agree on with coverage?

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Trace to the Original Source

  • Can you find the original source?
  • What is the original context?
  • Has it been accurately presented?

Tips for searching Google

  • Under “Search within a site or domain” in Google's Advanced Feature, enter .edu, .org, or .gov to only search university, organizations, or government websites.
  • Use recognized keywords and simple searches like you would in a book catalog or database search

Evaluating Web Sources- Vaccines