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1. Here are the following 10 questions you want to ask yourself when you are using the internet to find health information.
1. Who runs the site?
2. Why have the created the site?
3. What do they want from you?
4. Who is paying for the site?
5. Does the site’s information favor the sponsor?
6. Is the information reviewed by experts?
7. Where did the information come from?
8. Does the site make unbelievable claims?
9. Do “they” want your personal information?
10. What will “they” do with it?

2. On the specific website there are a few places that you can find the questions above, such as the main page or the “About Us” page. Site maps also may be a good place to start when looking for these answers.

3. The “About Us” page tells us who runs the site and why it was created. Knowing who created the website is important because you want information from a reliable source and not those who are favoring a particular company or product.

4. There are 3 phrases you can look for on the “about us page” that can help you know if the information you are looking for is reliable.
1. “Editorial board”
2. “Selection policy”
3. “Review process”

5. Always check the websites privacy policy. It is an important check of reliability because it tells you how the site will use your personal information. It will state if your information such as IP-address, cookies, Internet browser, or personal data (if inputted) will be shared with a third party.

6. I chose to research the reliability of information on www.healthywomen.org.

Provider

-The website is managed by HealthyWomen's editorial staff and are comprised by experienced medical journalists, health editors and health industry specialists.
-Healthy Women’s core mission “is to educate, inform, and empower women to make smart healthy choices for themselves and their families. They are a non-profit organization that has a history of providing un-biased and trustworthy health information reviewed by

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