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Release: March 31, 1999

Free UI program teaches Internet users how to find health information

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is sponsoring "Web Doctor," a free and public program designed to teach novice and advanced Internet users how to better search the Web for health-related information. The program will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Cherry Auditorium at Coe College.

The Internet can be a useful tool for locating information about various health-related topics, but sorting through thousands of Web sites in search of relevant information is not always easy. "The Web Doctor: Making Sense of Health Information on the Internet," is an interactive program that teaches participants skills that will educate and speed their searches for health information.

The "Web Doctor" will be lead by Jim Duncan, head of the Information Commons, UI a multimedia facility located at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

While the program is free, reservations are required and can be made by calling the UI Alumni Association at 1-800-469-2586 or by registering online at http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/iowalum/programs/outsched.html