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Hazel Hall

Professor of Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University. [Last checked 30/6/20]


Koufogiannakis, D. and Brettle, A. (eds.) (2016) Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice, Facet Publishing

This book builds a research-grounded, theoretical foundation for evidence based library and information practice and illustrates how librarians can incorporate the principles to make more informed decisions in the workplace. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Bent, M. J. (2016) Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. Facet Publishing

This practical guide offers innovative tips and reliable best practice to enable new and experienced library and information professionals to evaluate their current provision and develop their service to meet the evolving needs of the research community. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Robson, C. and McCartan, K. (2016) Real World Research (4th ed.), Wiley

This book provides a clear route-map of the various steps needed to carry out a piece of applied research to a high professional standard. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Pickard, A. J. (2013) Research Methods in Information (2nd ed.), Facet Publishing

This handbook guides the would-be researcher through the variety of possibilities open to them under the heading ‘research’. [Last checked 30/6/20]


My Research Essentials: Online Resources

Suite of online tutorials provided by the University of Manchester [Last checked 30/6/20]



Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research (HEALER) aims to increase the production of good quality health information management research and to ensure that a co-ordinated approach to research into health information management is established so that it is clear what research is taking place and where the outputs are stored. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Library & Information Research Group (LIRG) 

LIRG is a CILIP special interest group that supports and raises the profile of library and information science research and its use by CILIP members and the wider community.  They provide relevant activities and publications for practitioners and researchers encouraging ‘research into practice’ and engagement with all stakeholders. [Last checked 30/6/20]


RIVAL is a collaborative network of Scotland-based Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and practising library and information professionals interested in maximising the impact and value of library and information science research. [Last checked 30/6/20]


Health Information and Libraries Journal 

Health Information and Libraries Journal is the official journal of the CILIP Health Libraries Group. It is an international journal of interdisciplinary interest and its objectives include promoting debate about new health information developments with an emphasis on communicating evidence-based information both in the management and support of healthcare services. The editors welcome original health information articles on current practice, research projects or the development of new resources or services. Review articles are also welcome. [Last checked 9 January 2020]

Journal of the Medical Library Association, Library and Information Research 

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is dedicated to advancing the practice and research knowledge base of health sciences librarianship. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (JEAHIL) 

JEAHIL is the official Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL). It publishes original articles, reviews, theme issues and brief communications in the field of health information and libraries. It also publishes news from EAHIL and from other medical library associations, meeting reports, product reviews, opinion and discussion papers and news items. No article submission/processing charges apply to authors. [Last checked 30/6/20]


EBLIP is a peer reviewed, open access journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Journal Articles

Eve, J. (2008) Writing a research proposal: planning and communicating your research ideas effectively. Library and Information Research, 32 (102), 18-28

This article is designed to guide you through the stages in writing an effective research proposal. It covers the when, why and how to aspects of research proposals, and uses examples to illustrate the most effective way to communicate research ideas. [Last checked 30/6/20]

Fallon, H. (2010) Supporting health sciences librarians to publish: the Dublin EAHIL Academic Writing Workshop. Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries, 6 (1), 3–7

This article offers practical assistance to health sciences librarians who wish to write for publication. It is aimed at novice writers, but can also provide insights for more experienced writers. [Last checked 30/6/20]


Catalyst Event Report on ‘How do we ensure the future of Health Libraries’ (2018)

The purpose of this event was to enable the healthcare library community to come together and explore how they can create an evidence base for library and knowledge services and how they can ensure the future of health care libraries. [Last checked 30/6/20]


Knowledge for Healthcare Research Toolkit 

The Research Toolkit is intended as a starting point for librarians in the health sector wishing to undertake a research project, from a small-scale local study through to larger more formal projects. [Last checked 30/6/20]


This practice guide has been created to help you use research evidence to improve your work. [Last checked 30/6/20]


Understanding Open Access 

Overview of Open Access from the University of Manchester. [Last checked 30/6/20]