Beyond Pyramids of Evidence: Evaluating Research in the Health Sciences Literature*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Abe Wheeler <>.

Do you wish you felt better equipped to help students, faculty, or health care providers identify reliable research? This course takes you beyond using pyramids of evidence to evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. You will learn how to identify and evaluate basic health sciences research methods, apply data literacy concepts, and incorporate your new skills into your work with practitioners, faculty, and students. The course will include practical examples, leading to a journal club at the end of the session.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • identify the basic quantitative and qualitative methods used in health sciences research
  • critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative studies in the health sciences literature
  • apply data literacy concepts to research
  • assist clinicians, faculty, and students with identifying and evaluating research for reliability


Abe Wheeler, MLIS, AHIPAbraham Wheeler, MLIS, AHIP, is the librarian for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Flint Research Group, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University–East Lansing. He works with the MSU Flint Research Group to develop evidence-based health care policies that are used by community groups, as well as local and state leaders.

Chana Kraus-Friedberg, MLIS, PhD

Chana Kraus-Friedberg, MLIS, PhD, AHIP, is a health sciences librarian at the Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing since July 2017.

Carin Graves, MA, MLS

Carin Graves, MA, MLS, is a social science librarian at Michigan State University–East Lansing.


MLA CE Credits: 4