Research Methods

ACRL Bibliography of Research Methods Texts
Association of College & Research Library’s annotated bibliography of research textbooks

Library Research Service: Research Methods
Includes e-books about statistics, questionnaire design, focus groups, and more

Tools

MLA Research Section
Selected research tools

The Researching Librarian
Web resources helpful for librarians doing research

HEALER’s Research Toolkit
Developed by UK-based organization in partnership with the NIH to support library and information staff with the research process

Health Research Toolkit
A toolkit for health research in partnership with practices and communities

LARKS - Librarian and Research Knowledge Space
American Library Association’s resource guide for analyzing and presenting data

DiRT Directory
Digital research tools to capture, create, enrich, analyze, interpret, store, or disseminate data

Kahn Academy Introduction to Statistics
Tutorials to gain confidence understanding basic statistical concepts

14 Data Visualization Tools
Tools for telling better stories with numbers

In library school? Thinking about becoming a medical librarian? Here's some of what MLGSCA has to offer you:

FREE Membership
Yes, you read that correctly. Membership in MLGSCA is free as long as you are enrolled in library school.

FREE Continuing Education/Program Coupon
Want a "test-drive" before you buy? Students are eligible to attend one Continuing Education program at no charge. Contact the Membership Chair for more information.

MLGSCA Student Scholarship
Each year, MLGSCA awards a scholarship to a library student from one of the region's library schools. Contact Awards Committee Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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MLGSCA Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Sciences Libraries
The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA to accomplish this, is through the provision of a scholarship for paraprofessionals working in health sciences libraries. The amount of $1500 shall be given annually and is intended to provide support for a paraprofessional currently working in a health sciences library and who has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.  It is expected that the funds will be used to support the recipient's educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship. Moreover, recipients will be expected to show evidence of this expectation having been met in form of documentation, i.e., transcripts of completed coursework.

Research Grants
MLGSCA has research grants for students. Find a medical librarian to sponsor you and get researching!

 

Mentor Program
MLGSCA sponsors a Mentor Program which pairs an experienced medical librarian with a protégé, either short- or long-term.

Other Links of Interest to Students

Submission Information and Application

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA in order to accomplish this, is through the provision of the Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Sciences Libraries. This scholarship is targeted to health sciences library paraprofessionals.  An amount of $1500 shall be given annually and is intended to provide educational support for a paraprofessional working in a health sciences library and has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.  It is expected that the funds will be used to support the recipient's educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship. Moreover, recipients will be expected to show evidence of this expectation having been met in the form of documentation, i.e., transcripts of completed coursework.

Eligibility

  • Any individual who is enrolled in or entering an ALA-accredited masters program in library and information science and who shows evidence of interest (through their application) in health sciences librarianship.
  • The applicant must be currently employed as a paraprofessional in a health sciences related library
  • The applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence in either the United States or Canada .
  • Past recipients of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship are not eligible to apply.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolled in a graduate school of library and information science located in Southern California or Arizona .
  • Applicants need not be a member of MLGSCA or the Medical Library Association to be considered.

The following materials are required for application and must be received by December 15 .

  • one copy of the completed application form
  • a minimum of two letters of reference and no more than three
  • a transcript (unofficial copy is satisfactory) from each college or university attended
  • a statement of career objectives

The recipient will be notified and payment made in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in that year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment to: Laura dot stubblefield at sharp dot com

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Print one copy of the completed application and related documents and mail to:

Laura Stubblefield, Chair MLGSCA Awards Committee
Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Library
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123

Recipients of the Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Science Libraries

2010 -- Sondhaya Sritsongsook McGowan: San Jose State University

2014 -- Juan Jamie: University of California, Los Angeles

2015 -- N/A

2016 -- Cari Lyle: University of Washington

2017 -- not awarded

Academic Writing Librarians
This blog provides support to library staff who wish to write for publication including links to resources, workshop materials and calls for papers, books chapters, etc.

Emerald for Librarians
This website has a guide called “Writing for LIS Journals” which includes a call for papers index for the LIS field as well as a “Publish, Don’t Perish” guide from librarian, author and editor, Rachel Singer Gordon.

How to write an original research paper (and get it published)
Diane Cooper gives practical guidance for formatting a research paper for JMLA.

A Library Writer’s Blog
This blog provides regular calls for papers, chapters, book authors and conference presenters.  It’s a great outlet to watch for opportunities to get published in the library field.

LIS Publication Wiki
This website has listings of hundreds of LIS scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, online forums, civilian publication, book publishers, and more!

The Structured Abstract:  An Essential Tool for Researchers
Liz Bayley and Jonathan Eldredge present tips for writing an abstract for the health sciences field.