Free Research Help Available at the Library

Through a partnership with UVA’s Public Health Sciences, free research assistance is available on a drop-in or scheduled basis every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4pm on the first floor of the Library.  Click here for additional information.

 

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Weekend eBook Read: Bumble Bees of North America

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More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.

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How to Create a Poster Using PowerPoint

Introduction: 

PowerPoint can be used to design large format posters for scholarly presentations.  Posters may be printed by a printer at UVa or a commercial print shop.

Step by Step: 

Choosing a Background/Design 

1.  You will create your poster on a single slide in PowerPoint.  You may use a blank slide (and insert UVa logos by hand), or a template (typically has UVa logo embedded).

a. UVa-related slide backgrounds can be found in several places.  See the following for slide options:

i. UVa Health System - uvabrand.com.  Both PowerPoint files and logo image files are available; use the request access button to get a login to this site.
ii. UVa Graphic Identity - Art Finder.  PowerPoint files with the UVa logo.
iii. UVa School of Nursing - Approved poster template.

2.  IMPORTANT: set the size of your slide (poster) before you begin adding text or images.  If you start out with one size poster and later change the dimensions, your images will be distorted and your text may be out of place.  While this can be fixed, it is easier to take care of these steps now.

a. For PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, click on Design, then Page Setup.
b. Enter the Width and Height of your desired poster in inches.  A few important tips:

i.  If you need a poster larger than 56 inches: PowerPoint limits your slide size to 56 inches.  However, printers can print larger than that.  Simply divide your final height and width by two and use those measurements to design your slide.

For example, if you want a 60 in wide by 48 in high poster, enter 30 in for width and 24 for height.  Make sure to indicate to the printer what your final size should be.
ii. If you are using our Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) printers, you must make one side of the poster 36 or 42 inches.

Adding Content

3.  Follow any requirements from your conference or poster session organizers about what elements must be on your poster, e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, etc.

4.  Adding each section as a single Text Box is a good way to make your content portable and easy to rearrange if you need to move items around on your poster.

5.  Include “white space”.  Posters should contain content, but also perfom much like an advertisement.  You want readers to be able to look over the poster and quickly understand the overall message.  Your poster should help launch conversation between you and the viewer during your poster session.  Be concise with your text where you can, e.g. by using bullets, and space paragraphs for easier browsing.

Printing

6. Before printing, have a friend or colleague proofread your poster.

7.  There are several printing options for posters, including UVa-based, local, and mail ordered.  In addition, many printers can now print on different surfaces, including fabric.  This is just a partial list:

UVa printers

Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) (located in MR5)
UVa Printing and Copying Services

Local (Charlottesville) printers

ALC Copies
T&N Printing
International Imaging/thinkiii

National printers (some with local offices)

FedEx Office
Makesigns.com

Guidance and Instructions

There are many sites with step-by-step instructions on creating a poster in PowerPoint.  Some favorites:

How to Create a Research Poster. NYU Libraries. Good overview of basic design principles.

Creating Large Format Posters Using PowerPoint.Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A good quick tip sheet (note there are some specific references to Wake).

Using PowerPoint to Create Scientific Posters. PREP Workshop, Amy Repogle.  Comprehensive: the guide begins with good design tips and ends with practical step-by-step instructions.

In addition, if you want to take your poster (and presentations) to the next level, there are some excellent resources with expert guidance on design.  See:

Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More.  Academic Press (2013).  Electronic book by Matt Carter.

Better Posters: a resource for improving poster presentations. Blog by Zen Faulkes, U Texas Pan-American.

Help: 

Additional assistance is available to UVA Health System faculty, staff, and students.  Please use our Consultation Request form.  We are happy to provide help via phone, email, or in-person.

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App for Browsing Over 10,000 UVA Journals

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The Health Sciences Library has renewed UVA’s license to BrowZine, a third-party tablet app designed to optimize the browsing of over 10,000 UVA scholarly journals by subject or title.

The free BrowZine app is available from either the App Store (iPads) or Google Play (Androids).  Once you download the app, select “University of Virginia” from the list of institutions and then authenticate with NetBadge.  Once authenticated, you can browse journals by subject or title, create a personal bookshelf for up to 64 of your favorite journals, save articles for later use, and share articles via email, Facebook, or Twitter.  BrowZine also interfaces with several bibliographic citation managers.

Answers to questions about using BrowZine can be found on their customer support page.  You may also contact Dan Wilson, Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services at danwilson@virginia.edu or 434-924-0193.

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Check Out Our Vesalius Exhibit!

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In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library presents a new exhibit: The Fabric of the Human Body. Vesalius, a Renaissance anatomist, transformed the study of anatomy and medicine in Europe with his masterpiece De Humani Corporis Fabrica. The exhibit briefly recounts the life and work of Andreas Vesalius in four posters. Also on display are several works from the 19th and 20th century that demonstrate his lasting legacy on the study of anatomy. The exhibit will be on display in the library lobby from May 11 to July 24, 2015.

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New eBook: Improving Dementia Long-Term Care

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In 2010, 15 percent of Americans older than age 70 had dementia, and the number of new dementia cases among those 65 and older is expected to double by the year 2050. As the baby boomer generation ages, many older adults will require dementia-related long-term services and supports (LTSS). This blueprint is the only national document to date that engages local, state, and national stakeholders to specifically focus on policy options at the intersection of dementia and LTSS.

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Promotion & Tenure Assistance

The May/June faculty performance evaluations are coming up! As part of this process, UVa Health System faculty will want to provide the following details about their published articles:

· The number of times they have been cited
· The impact factors for the journals in which they have been published

You can easily retrieve this information with these instructions:

· Find out if an article has been cited using Web of Science.
· Find the impact factor of a journal using JCR.  (Note: 2014 JCR data will be available around July 1, 2015.)

We are always happy to assist faculty going through the promotion and tenure process. Please see this page for our contact information: (https://www.hsl.virginia.edu/admin/form_askquestion.cfm).

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New Exhibit: Fabric of the Human Body

000000853_0231_onlineIn commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library presents a new exhibit: The Fabric of the Human Body. Vesalius, a Renaissance anatomist, transformed the study of anatomy and medicine in Europe with his masterpiece De Humani Corporis Fabrica. The exhibit briefly recounts the life and work of Andreas Vesalius in four posters. Also on display are several works from the 19th and 20th century that demonstrate his lasting legacy on the study of anatomy. The exhibit will be on display in the library lobby from May 11 to July 24, 2015.

 

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Faculty of 1000 Workspace

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You may already be familiar with F1000Prime, a fast and comprehensive identification and assessment of the best research articles in biology and medicine.  With contributions by a faculty of over 10,000 leading experts,  F1000Prime provides researchers with a personalized literature service using a collection of innovative tools and resources. A powerful new tool called F1000 Workspace has just been released and it should make it easier for scientists to collect, write & discuss scientific literature. Check it out today!

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What is Periscope?

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Periscope is an iOS app that will let you explore the world through someone else’s eyes.  For instance, at any given time you might see a street performer in Paris, a sunrise in Miami, or someone’s dog playing with a ball in Oslo.  Check it out!  You can get the app in the iTunes store. – Kimberley Barker, CMHSL Emerging Technologies Librarian

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