Subject Guides

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

What is CAM?

Generally speaking, CAM refers to "health care approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practice."

Refer to this National Institutes of Health (NIH) fact sheet that discusses the differences and complexities of everything that falls under CAM.

What is the Pharmacist's Role in Assessing CAM Use?

Databases for CAM information

Other Pharmacy Databases with CAM related information

More Pharmacy databases with CAM literature can also be found on the Pharmacy Library Guide and on the Libraries Database List. Some additional ones are listed below.

If you are interested in locating a particular journal you can browse the Libraries collection of Pharmacy, Therapeutics, & Pharmacology

CAM Online Resources

Textbooks and Book Resources


Search Find It! on the Libraries' website to find more books on CAM. Here are some to get you started

Journals through the Libraries


You can see many of the journals the Libraries subscribe to at

Google Scholar

Google Scholar promotes itself as a resource that provides one-stop shopping for scholarly literature. It searches across many disciplines and covers a wide variety of resources, including journal articles, theses, books, abstracts, and more. Although Google Scholar is aimed at the academic community, it uses a very broad definition of "scholarly literature." Remember that the content isn't free or necessarily available in full-text. It is important to realize that not everything, or even most, in Google Scholar is peer reviewed.

If you find an article you like that has a pay wall, don't pay - see if the library has it or request it through ILL. You can customize Google Scholar to display the Get It! link so you can get access to some articles through the library. 

The Get It! link will automatically occur in Google Scholar searches done on campus. For off campus users:

1. Go to Google Scholar at

2. Before doing a search go into Settings. This is usually under the three bars in the upper left, but may be at the top of the page or elsewhere. Look for the gear symbol. 

3. Type "Binghamton University" in the the "Library Links" box and select "Binghamton Universit - Get It!."


4. Click Save. 

5. The Get It! link will now appear each time you search Google Scholar. (If you are off campus, you will need to log in once you click the Get It! link to get access.)