GATOR is an acronym to help you remember important components of website evaluation.
Is the website or resource authentic? Look for the identity of the site sponsor and the length of time the site has been up.
Is the material free from error? Error may be from misinformation or from a lack of updating to represent new discoveries. Is the website current? When was it last updated?
Is the information true and reliable? Look for references. Consider the author's credentials and affiliations with academic, non-profit, and government organizations.
Origin means the producer of the material. Is the information produced by a reputable hospital or pharmaceutical company.
This refers to the ease with which you can read the material. Is it too elementary, too technical, or too advanced?
Reference: Educating patients to evaluate web-based health care information: the GATOR approach to healthy surfing. Weber BA, Derrico DJ, Yoon SL, Sherwill-Navarro P. J Clin Nurs. 2009 Jun 17.
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