Available Until 10/31/2028

Planning, Conducting and Publishing Research*


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Nancy Allee <nallee@umich.edu>.

This 4-hour course will provide an introduction to the research process with an emphasis on health sciences library settings. Participants will build their research skills by gaining an understanding of the processes involved in taking a project from initial idea creation to final publication. We will discuss identifying research design types and methodologies, generating ideas and formulating research questions, conducting literature reviews, evaluating research articles, gathering and analyzing data, and reporting of results. The course will also provide practical advice on how to get published in library science journals. Participants will leave with a proposal for planning, conducting, and publishing a research project at their own institution.

Learning Objectives

1. To become familiar with the research process.

2. To be knowledgeable about research design types and methodologies.

3. To develop skills for generating ideas and formulating research questions.

4. To understand how to conduct literature reviews, evaluate research articles, gather and analyze data, and report results.

5. To learn strategies for getting published in library science journals.


1:00-1:05 Introductions and Review of Course Objectives
1:05-1:10 Why do research?
1:10-1:25 Formulating research questions & generating ideas
1:25-1:40 Conducting the literature reviews & establishing theoretical frameworks
1:40-2:40 Discussion of research design types & methodologies with interactive activity 

2:40-2:50 Break

2:50-3:20 Gathering & analyzing data
3:20-3:50 Reporting results
3:50-4:20 Lightning rounds & information sharing
4:20-4:50 Publishing articles

4:50-5:00 Wrap-up & evaluation

Facility Requirements

An instructor workstation and projection for PowerPoint slides.

MLA CE Contact Hours4