Available Until 12/31/2024

Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Research (Recording)

This webinar will demystify the process of assessing and reporting on quantitative research by breaking it down into easy-to-understand steps. You’ll learn about checklists you can use to quickly and easily evaluate research articles. You’ll gain an overview of the research process from beginning to end, starting with defining a meaningful and answerable research question, through identifying an appropriate study design, to clearly and efficiently reporting results. The topics covered will help you to evaluate existing published material and to plan your own research.

You'll have the opportunity to examine sample research design and appraisal checklists and to apply the skills gained through practical appraisal activities. You’ll receive a research paper in advance in order to be able to participate fully in the practice session.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify when quantitative critical appraisal is useful in clinical and library environments
  • Critically read quantitative research articles
  • Evaluate the quality of quantitative research
  • Describe the research process
  • Access quantitative evaluation web resources and checklists
  • Evaluate various approaches to addressing a research question


All health information professionals who work with biomedical literature, especially those who work on systematic review/meta-analysis searches and those who are interested in conducting their own research.


Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP, is a Data Science and Open Science Librarian at the National Library of Medicine, serving as the staff lead for initiatives at the intersection of open science and data science, particularly related to training and workforce development activities for NIH staff. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and the editor of the forthcoming Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. She holds a master’s of library and information science and is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.


Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE contact hours.


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