[Libs-Or] Is there a reader guide on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources?

Michele A. Spatz mspatz at uw.edu
Mon Mar 30 13:14:39 PDT 2020

Hi Laura,
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has guidance on how to evaluate health websites.
You’ll find it here: https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/topics/health-websites

Also, the National Library of Medicine’s trusted health website for consumers, MedlinePlus<https://medlineplus.gov/>, offers this resource for evaluating health information:

Thank you for addressing this very important topic at this crucial time.
Warm regards,

Michele Spatz, M.S.
NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
NNLM Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington Box 357155
Seattle, WA  98197-7155
Email: mspatz at uw.edu<mailto:mspatz at uw.edu> l Phone: 541-980-9139 l

From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> On Behalf Of Laura Orr
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Is there a reader guide on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources?


Have any of you come across any good reader guides on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Websites and Resources?

Our neighborhood (and city and state) social media is filling up with lists and recommendations of and links to articles, websites, etc., most with little attention paid to the source or currency of the information.

I've looked at a few of the Resources for Librarians, but haven't seen anything that meets my needs. Some have come close, e.g. warnings about c-19 misinformation, but not quite what I need or have in mind.

I think I'm looking for something like the simple 1 or 2 page handouts on How to Evaluate a Wikipedia Article or How to Evaluate a News Source.

It also needs to be something that is on a reliable / official source webpage, so I can link to it from a website, NextDoor, Twitter, etc.

I have been looking at the excellent info at the State Library of Oregon, but maybe I've missed something in the wealth of resources listed there: https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus/home

I could make my own but I suspect someone has already created one and I don't need to reinvent the wheel. I have started compiling a list of reliable and official resources that I share with neighbors, but that's still unofficial. (I am willing to share if anyone wants to combine lists.)

Many thanks!


Laura Orr, JD, MLS
Legal research and public law library consultant
Email: laurathelawlib at gmail.com<mailto:laurathelawlib at gmail.com>
Oregon Legal Research: http://blog.oregonlegalresearch.com/
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