Using our site as a sourceBy Mayo Clinic staff
The Mayo Clinic health information site provides consumer information and context on various health and medical issues. It is an excellent research tool for general background on diseases and conditions, and we encourage the news media to quote from the site in news and feature stories. Read our product development policy for more information on how we ensure that we provide quality information.
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Citing us as a source
Please use proper citation when referring to Mayo Clinic health information content in any articles, news reports or other media. Use the Associated Press Stylebook as a guide, but here are a few general requests and pointers:
Avoid a vague reference. For example, a sentence like "According to Mayo Clinic, cholesterol is a waxy substance that's found in all of your cells and has several healthy functions, including helping to build your body's cells and playing a role in the production of sex hormones" is too vague for a consumer to research and find out the specific source of this information.
Please include the site's URL (www.MayoClinic.com) and the article URL (www.mayoclinic.com/health/hdl-cholesterol/CL00030) when possible, to help readers find the specific page for more information.
- Use a more specific and clear citation. A sentence like "According to the website MayoClinic.com, cholesterol is a waxy substance that's found in all of your cells and has several healthy functions, including helping to build your body's cells and playing a role in the production of sex hormones" gives the reader enough information to begin his or her own research. If possible, include more specific information, such as "Additional information on HDL cholesterol can be found at www.mayoclinic.com/health/hdl-cholesterol/CL00030."
Refer to the information as appearing on our site, showing our preferred capitalization of the name of the site. You may also cite the full URL directly if you prefer.
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