Seeking health and nutrition information online
More Americans are going online for information about health and nutrition. This is fueled in part by the explosion of health information available on the Internet. Everything from government and academic Web sites to public forums and chat rooms are available at your fingertips.
Finding information on the Internet, and evaluating it once you find it, can be daunting. The Internet opens a new door to health and nutrition information. Used wisely, it can provide great resources - from abstracts of scientific journals to recipes and support groups.
Sometimes, you'll have a specific address, or URL, for a Web site you want to see. Often, however, you will have to search the Web for relevant sites. This is when search engines come in handy. Search engines "crawl" over the Web, continually cataloging new information and adding it to their databases. AltaVista is one of the largest search engines in terms of pages indexed. Other popular search engines include Yahoo, Excite and Webcrawler. Whichever one is used, the process is the same: Go to the search engine by typing in its URL, for example, www.yahoo.com, then type in the word or words you're looking for. Narrow the search by using descriptive combinations of words.