4. Searching the Internet

  1. Caroline De Brún1 and
  2. Nicola Pearce-Smith2

Published Online: 15 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch4

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

De Brún, C. and Pearce-Smith, N. (eds) (2014) Searching the Internet, in Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Support Librarian, UCL Library Services and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  2. 2

    Information Scientist, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JAN 2014

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118463130

Online ISBN: 9781118463093



  • directories;
  • health;
  • Internet;
  • medicine;
  • search engines


The Internet is a huge collection of knowledge and information on all topics, created by a range of authors, both expert and non-expert. It is difficult to tell which resources are more reliable than others, particularly when searching for health-related information. This chapter provides guidance to facilitate effective internet searching. It briefly explains search engines and directories, and discusses the concepts of basic searching and advanced searching. Information found on the Internet, especially about health and medical issues, should never be taken at face value. Some assessment of the validity and reliability of the information should be undertaken. The chapter also provides a list of internet sites for a range of disciplines and languages such as midwifery and nursing, public health, and patient information.