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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

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA). This course is on the list of approved courses for the MLA Consumer Health Specialization Program (

Greater Midwest Region

Samanthi Hewakapuge, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Midcontinental Region

Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado,

Barbara Jones, Network Membership and Missouri Liaison, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, , ,

Pacific Northwest Region

Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, ,

Pacific Southwest Region

Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, , ,

Kelli Ham, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, ,

South Central Region

Adela Justice, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Current Author

Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

Original Author

Jo-Ann Benedetti, Manager of Information and Outreach Services at the Upper Hudson Library System in Albany, NY.