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KINE 306 Course Guide

What are Authoritative Health Sources?

What are authoritative sources?

  • written by reputable national or international organizations or government agencies
  • written for the general public
  • Purpose: to inform or educate
  • usually include evidence for their claims 
  • can be detailed, informational webpages or government/institutional reports

What are some examples?

Search Tips


  • Be flexible with your keywords!
  • You may need to broaden your topic to find relevant authoritative sources. For example, I may need to expand my topic of yoga and depression to alternative medicine and depression if I can't find any relevant authoritative sources.


Advanced Google Searching

  • Use advanced google searching to limit results by a domain (.gov or .org) or by a particular website (
Search in Google Explanation
yoga depression Only returns results from government websites
yoga depression Only returns results from websites with the domain ending .org
yoga depression Only returns results from the National Institute of Health website