CARS Checklist

CARS Checklist for Evaluating Electronic Healthcare Information Source


Trustworthy source, author identified, can be contacted, known or respected authority, author's credentials, evidence of quality control, organizational support


Current, date of update/revision, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy


Fair, balanced objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone.


Listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. A source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).

The CARS checklist was written by library staff at the University of California at San Francisco.