Available Until 5/16/2023

Research for the Non-Researcher (CE500)

Go to MLA/SLA ’23 to register! Registration now open.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $295 (non-MLA/SLA member: $380)

Do you want to do research but don’t know where to begin? This course is the place for you. You’ll gain a solid understanding of how to complete a research project and develop skills that will help you contribute to your profession and further your career. If you are a librarian or other information professional new to the profession or new to conducting research, you are ideal for this course. 

The course will focus on Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) and using research to advance the profession and the work we do. You’ll learn how to ask a question that can be answered by research, how to select a study design and method, and how to follow the  steps to do a study up to the point of publication and dissemination. You'll learn through a didactic presentation and will be working through a real-world case study throughout the class.

You’ll leave the class with a firm understanding of how to complete a research project, whether it be a small in-house project or a randomized-controlled trial, and with the confidence to start a study on your own.


Medical librarians and other information professionals who are beginning researchers or have very little research experience. No prior knowledge necessary.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Formulate a research question
  • Choose a study design
  • Implement a study
  • Disseminate findings




Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, is the Associate Director of Libraries and a Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has presented at many meetings on the topics of research, EBLIP, hospital librarianship, and clinical librarianship and has co-authored papers on research and evidence-based practice.

She has a vested interest in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has had an active role in developing and furthering the research behind the Medical Library Association (MLA)’s research agenda.