Introduction to Research for Health Sciences Librarians

This course is open for registration.

If you want to conduct research in your library or begin your preparation as a researcher, Introduction to Research for Health Sciences Librarians will start you off right. You’ll address two library-based applied research problems, gain an overview of the research process, learn the essential elements of research, and how to plan for quality and ethical research. You'll leave with a solid foundation for further skill development.

The course includes:

  • A realistic scenario that you interact with to learn and practice skills
  • Self-assessment of skills, pre and post
  • Recommended readings & resources that will help you consolidate your learning and move to the next level
  • A practice exercise 
  • Downloadable job aids

Learning Outcomes

After you have completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the common and essential steps of the research process
  • Formulate a research question that addresses practice in a library setting 
  • Match research questions to a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodology
  • Plan for common ethical and practical issues in LIS research
  • Identify ways to improve research rigor


New and veteran health information professionals who seek to get started doing research or who want to refresh the skills learned in grad school.

MLA CE Credits 1.5

Subject Matter Expert 

Samantha Kaplan is a Research and Education librarian at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives. She holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in research methods and is the author or co-author of a number of systematic reviews, research reports, and articles on research methodologies.

The team that created Introduction to Research for Health Sciences Librarians 

Samantha Kaplan, Subject Matter Expert

Kayleen Holt,  Instructional Designer

Sarah Cantrell, MLA Evidence-Based Practice & Research Curriculum Committee Representative

Staff support:

Deb Cavanaugh, MLA Director, Professional Development

Barry Grant, MLA Director, Education

Registration Fees:

Member: $85

Student Member: $43

Emeritus, Retired, Unemployed and Lower Dues: $43

Nonmember: $115