Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
How to Find Good Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information on the Web
Tuesday, November 15,
9:00:00 AM - 4:00:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Public Library--Administration Building
Electronic Classroom

2111 Snow Road Parma, Ohio


$75 CAMLS Members
$85 Affiliate Members
$150 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Deadline: Tuesday, November 08,
Limit: 18
Registered Now: 15
Contact Hours: 6

Fee includes materials only

Learn how to efficiently search for, identify and evaluate complementary & alternative medicine information found on the Web. Complementary Medicine refers to methods intended to enhance or improve modern medical practice such as prevention, nutrition and exercise.

Alternative Medicine can be defined as health related practices and medicines not employed by traditional medical science.

How do we know what is valid information about complementary medicine practices or alternative medical traditions? How will you teach others to be critical of fraudulent or exploitative information? You will learn about and use information resources that clarify different alterative medicine traditions and discover websites that provide warnings of dangerous practices, side effects or complications.

Diane Kovacs will guide you through an array of complementary & alternative medicine information published on the Internet by credible sources; moreover, research supported or otherwise critically reviewed by knowledgeable, qualified practitioners.

This is a Medical Library Association approved Continuing Education course. Participants will receive 6 CE credits from MLA with a chance to complete up to 8.

Course Content

  • Avoiding fraudulent or exploitative information
  • Credible information substantiated by research
  • Sites that warn of dangers and complications of alternative or complementary medicine.
  • Alternative medicine traditions
  • Faith/Spiritual Support
  • Nutrition & Exercise
  • Wellness & Prevention
  • PubMed - Limit - Complementary Medicine Subset
  • NIH - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Audience: Librarians and other information specialists who need to find high quality information about alternative and complementary medicine on the Internet. Some experience with health and medical information searching on the Web is assumed.
Diane K. Kovacs is President of Kovacs Consulting - Internet & Web Training. She has more than ten years of experience as a Web Teacher and consultant, including five years teaching Medical Library Association CE workshops. She co-authored How to Find Medical Information on the Internet: A Print and Online Tutorial for the Health Care Professional and Consumer in 2000 (Library Solutions Press). Her latest book is The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines, co-authored with Kara L. Robinson, 2022. The Internet Homework Helper's Handbook co-authored with Debra K. Logan is forthcoming from Neal-Schuman in 2022. Biographical information is available at

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