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Complementary and Integrative Health


Print Textbooks

Handbooks of Herbal Medicines

Historical Sources

In many areas of traditional medicine, books are of particular value, especially older titles that are no longer in publication and are not available electronically. Many original works - which may be very old indeed - contain valuable information that cannot be found anywhere else.

To identify relevant historic works, you may have to go further than a simple internet search. Check the reference lists of published books and articles, then consult the library catalogs of universities and research institutions for local holdings. Web sites of online book sellers may lead you to information about rare and historic titles.

The following items are examples of older literature that may contain unique information.

These books are shelved at Howe Library or at Dana Health Sciences Library.

Search for books

The easiest way to search for books owned by the UVM libraries is through CATQuest. CATQuest is a powerful search engine that lists all types of materials owned or licensed by the UVM Libraries, including books (print and electronic), journal articles, DVDs, CDs, government documents, movies, images, and more. CATQuest can be searched through the basic search box, or via the Advanced Search link.

Suppose you want to find a book on complementary medicine. Enter the words complementary medicine in the CATQuest basic search box, and click Search.

Change the Sorting to Date-newest to display the most current titles on the top of the list.

On the left sidebar, choose the filters for Books and the subject complementary therapies.

If you prefer an E-Book, add a filter for Online Resources. This will pull up books from Dana Health Sciences Library's E-Book collections, including AccessMedicine.

Additional search terms may include Alternative Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Ethnobotany, Complementary Therapies, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, or Traditional Medicine.

Borrowing books from the library

Borrowing books

Bring any books you would like to borrow to the Library's main desk. Your student ID serves as your library card. The loan period differs between Howe Library and Dana Health Sciences Library, so be sure to note when the books are due.

Renewing a book

If you'd like to keep a particular book beyond its due date, you may renew it by accessing your account online, or by calling (802) 656-2200 or emailing the request to

Hold or Recall

If you would like to borrow a book that is checked out by another patron, you may place either a Hold or a Recall on the book via your online account. You will be notified when the book is available, and it will be held for you at the circulation desk.

On occasion, an item you have checked out may be recalled by another patron. In that case, you will receive an email requesting that you return the item by a specified date.