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From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

Course Description

This hands-on course will describe why it is important to evaluate websites. Participants will be given criteria for how to evaluate health information on the Internet.


Learn how to evaluate health information sites on the internet using the following criteria:

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Bias
  • Currency
  • Coverage

Course Materials

Course Exercises
PowerPoint Presentation

Course Developer

Terri Ottosen is the former Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM SEA.

Class Length: 
3 hours
Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.