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COVID 19 Resources: Vaccination

Helping Foothill students and staff stay healthy and informed during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID 19 Vaccine Education

Watch recordings of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Series presented by the Foothill College Science Learning Institute and STEM Division. Learn more about the vaccine, and take action to protect yourself and your family!

Web Resources

Latest Scientific Research from Peer-Reviewed Journals

Vaccine Myths

nurse giving man a shot

Are the COVID vaccines safe? If you've already had COVID, do you need a vaccine? These websites address some common myths:

How To Find More Information

Start at the library home page! With access to thousands of articles, ebooks, and streaming videos, it is your gateway to doing research. Our guide to Off-Campus Library Services has search tips and tutorials to help. 

Verifying Information

Health information can be confusing and overwhelming!

To help you assess it for yourself, here are some basic factors to consider.

Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic? Are their credentials or organizational affiliations listed?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com, .edu, .gov, .org, .net 

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

  • When was the information posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Are the links functional?

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.

  • Where does the information come from? Are sources cited in footnotes, a bibliography, etc?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?

Objectivity: The reason the information exists.

  • What is the purpose of the information? To inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Adapted from a document created by Sarah Blakeslee at Chico State's Meriam Library.

To summarize, here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • Anonymous information.
  • A conflict of interest.
  • One-sided or biased information.
  • Outdated information. 
  • Claim of a miracle or secret cure.
  • No evidence is cited.
  • Poor grammar and misspelled words.
  • Outlandish claims or emotional language.

Red flags from UCSF Health article, "Evaluating Health Information".

See our guide to Fake News for a deeper dive into determining the reliability of information.