Available Until 12/31/2024

Digging Deep into Data: Critically Appraising Data and Data Collection Methods (Recording)

Are you able to evaluate data collection methods? Determine if a data set really says what authors claim it says? Interpret and evaluate data documentation? Help researchers find a quality data set that suits their purpose?

Jocelyn Swick-Jemison, a veteran information literacy instructor, the architect of her library’s data services, and a former data manager for large clinical trials, will be your guide to developing data and data collection evaluation skills that enable you to go deeper into evaluating research than traditional evaluation approaches allow.

In this hands-on webinar you’ll learn the key features of quality data sets and data collection methods and use this knowledge to practice evaluating a published study and its data set. You’ll also learn how to think critically about diversity and inclusion in medical research data and data collection.

You’ll leave the webinar with skills in evaluating health sciences research and other data literacy skills you can use to develop data literacy lessons, support patrons in finding and evaluating data sets and researchers in setting up studies, and avoid stumbling blocks with your own data collection.

The demand for data librarianship as a job title and as an added job responsibility is growing. The knowledge and skills you gain from this webinar can help make you more marketable and more valuable.


This is a required core course for Level II of the Data Services Specialization.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the quality of a data set
  • Assess whether a data set can answer a research question
  • Identify common problems in data collection and documentation
  • Interpret documentation and collection methods to determine if a data set suits a user’s purpose
  • Evaluate accompanying documentation of data



Librarians and health information professionals who support researchers, collect and evaluate their own data, or want to improve their data literacy skills.



Jocelyn Swick-Jemison photoJocelyn Swick-Jemison is a Data Services Librarian at the University at Buffalo (UB). With a background in computer science, Jocelyn spent 13 years as a data manager for large clinical trials at a non-profit research foundation before becoming a librarian. She teaches information literacy courses to UB undergraduates and on Coursera. She is in the process of building out the data services offered by UB libraries and the data literacy curriculum for the general university population.



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.