It can be difficult to find websites that have reliable information. Your instructors may restrict the types of websites used for a project because it can be difficult to find the author, if the site has been reviewed, or even when it was published. Anyone can add anything to the internet, so it is best to proceed with caution, especially when researching health-related topics. Some types of websites that you can trust to provide authoritative information include:
Professional organization websites
Professional organizations can be extremely valuable, both during your time as a student and later as a professional yourself. These sites provide information and resources on current issues and developments of significance to the dental hygiene profession. Some, like the American Dental Hygienists Association, also offer free online access to publications and research papers contributed by association members.
American Dental Hygienists Association -- The ADHA publishes a peer-reviewed journal (The Journal of Dental Hygiene) and a magazine (Access). As an ADHA member, you have access to the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Access magazine is included in the CINAHL database. The Journal of Dental Hygiene is a fantastic reference because it is peer-reviewed. Access magazine can be used to gather information but should not be used as a reference since the magazine is not peer-reviewed.
The Journal of Dental Hygiene is the premier scientific research publication for dental hygiene professionals. The Journal is peer-reviewed and available to ADHA members through the Members section of this website.
Access magazine focuses on dental hygiene practice, along with professional issues and legislative developments that affect the provision and future of oral health care. Access also shares important product information and descriptions of new technologies.
Websites for governmental organizations are great sources for reliable, mostly consumer-friendly information, though they do often offer more in-depth research, as well. Indeed, these sites strive to make the massive amounts of government-funded health research accessible and understandable to the public.