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Evaluating a Website for Credibility: Mayo Clinic
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR500: Foundational Concepts and Applications
Summer 2014

Evaluating a Website for Credibility: Mayo Clinic
In this paper, I have chosen a health-related website and evaluated its credibility. The search engine used to locate the domain, mayoclinic.org, was Google. The specific web address is http://mayoclinic.org. Mayo Clinic is a healthcare organization centered on patient care. It offers locations in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. Mayoclinic.org is a website based from the organization, Mayo Clinic, which offers a wealth of health-related information on medicine, occupational health, health promotion, and disease management. The purpose of mayoclinic.org is to educate and provide medical resources to the general public over the age of eighteen years old and medical professionals through different types of literature and retail avenues. It also offers convenient services to patients and potential patients of Mayo Clinic, such as scheduling appointments and contact information for various departments within the organization (Mayo Clinic, 2014). As a nurse, I am always looking for reliable websites that I can send my patients to collect health information. The Mayo Clinic is very popular in the healthcare world. Therefore, the credibility of mayoclinic.org was evaluated using the criteria: authority, information, objectivity, ease of navigation, and privacy and security policies (Chamberlain College of Nursing [CCN], 2014). Evaluation Criteria

The authority of a website refers to the qualifications of the author or authors of the site (CCN, 2014). The credentials of the author(s) and/or editor(s) should be examined (Orlowski, Oermann, & Shaw-Kokot, 2013). On the site, mayoclinic.org, the information that is placed on the website pages come from a plethora of medical editors. The editing staff consists of: a medical director, senior medical editors, a...
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