The 2007 update to the MLA Research Policy Statement suggests the following domains for health information research:
- community dimensions of information practice
- effective information dissemination and delivery strategies
- health information structure, acquisition, and use
- information behaviors including human–technology interaction
- information contexts and meaning
- information policy and standards
- information technologies and their transformational nature
- knowledge translation
- leadership and organizational change
- marketing, communications, and advocacy
- systems thinking
- teaching and learning
If you are unsure if your work is research, take a look at some of these questions from a 2002 article on evidence-based librarianship by Jonathan Eldredge in the MLA Research Section journal Hypothesis:
- Which print journal subscriptions are best to retain in thecoll ection when an electronic version is available?
- Are students who have been taught information skills more or less likely to continue to further study?
- What personality characteristics in librarians make them good or bad searchers?
- Do library skills courses improve the information-seeking skills of students?
- Do library desk staff members provide accurate responses to reference questions?
- Which Web pages on a library Web site are most usable?
- Does weeding some classification ranges in a monographs collection result in higher usage than the unweeded, but otherwise similar ranges?
- Do the benefits of a value-added resource such as Ovid databases outweigh the costs when compared to a free resource such as PubMed?
- Which methods of teaching search skills result in clinicians searching for their own evidence in patient care?
- Do medical students learn searching skills more effectively from librarians or teaching faculty?
- Why do potential users, who are presently non-users, not use their library?
- Why do some people utilize reference services while others rarely or perhaps never utilize the same reference services, in spite of a recognized and shared need for information by all of these people?
- How do users structure their search strategies in lieu of formal information skills training?
- Why do some users prefer certain information resources over equally relevant information resources?
- How do we know if a library program or service has been successful?
From: Eldredge, Jonathan. “Evidence‐Based Librarianship: Levels of Evidence.” Hypothesis 16.3 (2002): 10‐13.