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Did Someone Say Research Poster?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Did you get a research poster accepted at a conference lately? Congratulations! So did the NTO.

The NN/LM Training Office (NTO) had a poster accepted for the 2016 Joint conference of the Midcontinental and the Midwest MLA chapters and I have been tasked with doing a preliminary layout for the poster. So I set off into the Internet to find some help on designing a research poster.

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Justin Matthews’ name popped up on several of the searches I did. Here is what he has to say about fonts: http://justinlmatthews.com/posterhelp/posterguide/

Why is font size important?

  • Font size can help draw your viewer’s eyes to specific parts of your poster.
  • Use font size to convey importance.

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Need to Make a Timeline?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Stephanie Evergreen of Evergreen Data wrote a helpful article about 4 ways to create a timeline. You can read her blog post here: http://stephanieevergreen.com/timelines-4-ways/

In her post, Stephanie referenced a free PowerPoint plug-in, which you can get here: https://www.officetimeline.com/download

Watch how to make a timeline with the plug-in.

Sometimes, zero isn’t everything

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Did you attend MLA 2016 in Toronto? Did you hear Dr. Ben Goldacre give the McGovern Lecture?  One of the things he spoke about was representing statistics in charts and that pesky Y axis. The YouTube video below does not contradict Goldacre, but shows how sometimes zero can get in the way.

Systematic Reviews and PubMed Health

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PubMed Health logo

Are you interested in clinical effectiveness? Do you have a desire or need to keep up-to-date on information related to the prevention and treatment of diseases or conditions? Have you taken a look at PubMed Health recently?

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports for researchers and clinicians. To state it simply, clinical effectiveness research seeks to answer the question, “What works?” in medical and health care.

PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, in partnership with a number of other institutions including AHRQ, Cochrane, NHLBI and NCI at NIH. In addition to the great information on health topics from A-Z, drugs from A-Z, and more, PubMed Health offers ways to stay informed on the news with two RSS feeds: Featured Reviews and Behind the Headlines.

If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic resource and using it to find systematic reviews, register for the upcoming webinar on Friday, June 10. This free 30-minute webinar is provided by the NLM Training Office.

Try the new Q&A Feature in Google Slides for Engagement

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Have you tried Google Slides? I don’t use it on a regular basis, but I just learned about a new feature called Q & A. Q&A is designed to let audience members ask questions during a presentation (anonymously, if they prefer).

What’s so novel about that you ask? Students use their smartphone or other smart device to submit questions to the instructor at any point. OK, but what else can Q & A do? As questions are submitted via a shared URL, students “like” questions that they what to know the answer to. The instructor sees, in real-time, which questions are most important to the audience.

What are some ways to use the Q & A feature in Google Slides?

  • Can be used for in-person and online sessions
  • Fosters inclusion for remote participants
  • Students can ask questions when they come to mind
  • Gauge knowledge; Who knows what in the “room”?
  • Use instead of traditional chat box as a way to moderate chat
  • Meets users where they are, their smart-devices
  • Audience size doesn’t inhibit participation

Here’s a short video by Richard Byrne on how to use the tool.