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Get More Out of Google!

Posted in Did you Know? on November 28, 2011 by

A recent study found that 3 out of 4 students were unable to execute a proper Google search. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about how to use Google to search for academic resources and more!
http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html

PowerPoint is Not Just for Text, Text and More Text

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2011 by

PowerPoint is a wonderful tool to illustrate graphs, diagrams and images AND for creating fantastic research posters. It is a bad tool to use if the presenter makes the decision to plaster each and every slide with text, text and more text. There are many references on the net referring to great PowerPoint presentations and we thought we would share some of these with you…Keep in mind that all material in your presentation must abide by the copyright laws here on campus.
“Here are the five rules you need to remember to create amazing PowerPoint presentations:
– No more than six words on a slide. EVER. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.
– No cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images, sized correctly.
– No dissolves, spins or other transitions.
– Sound effects can be used a few times per presentation, but never use the sound effects that are built in to the program. Instead, rip sounds and music from CDs and leverage the Proustian effect this can have. If people start bouncing up and down to the Grateful Dead, you’ve kept them from falling asleep, and you’ve reminded them that this isn’t a typical meeting you’re running.
– Don’t hand out print-outs of your slides. They don’t work without you there.
The home run is easy to describe: You put up a slide. It triggers an emotional reaction in the audience. They sit up and want to know what you’re going to say that fits in with that image. Then, if you do it right, every time they think of what you said, they’ll see the image (and vice versa). ”
See the rest at http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/01/really_bad_powe.html
One of our own points is to EDIT, EDIT and EDIT some more. The best presentations contain less than 15 slides, and are filled with visuals like images and diagrams.
Want help with PowerPoint? Come take one of our short courses, or check out our training videos on YouTube. Our kiosks in the Murray Library, first floor, house the Lynda.com website, free access to all sorts of software training videos.

IT4U Help Still Available!!

Posted in Did you Know? on November 21, 2011 by

As the first semester draws to a close, many students still have many outstanding assignments, papers, and research posters. How can you possibly get them all completed before their respective due dates?
From our experience at IT4U, we find that most students are familiar with common applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) but they are often unaware of time-saving tips and tricks. So, you can continue to pull “all-nighters” OR you can attend an IT4U class and learn how to use your software more efficiently.
If you need to brush up on your software skills, sign up for an IT4U class. All IT4U classes are FREE for current U of S students. Visit our website: IT4U
We hold office hours (typically 9-4) in Murray Room 134 – so you are welcome to stop by for one-on-one help…or book an appointment via email to ensure a spot.

What is OneNote Anyway?

Posted in Did you Know? on November 7, 2011 by

Ever wondered how to retrieve information from an email attachment that you were just to busy to read at the time but didn’t know where to put it for future reference? Need to collect your thoughts, do web research, record a meeting, incorporate drawings, tables, images or more? With just a click of the mouse, OneNote can do this for you complete with annotations.
If you have the Microsoft Office Suite, you already have access to a lesser known but powerful organizational tool called OneNote. Onenote is a free-form note-taking collaboration application. Material can be reorganized and repurposed after its collection with the minimum of effort and note collections are completely accessible with Skydive and network folders. OneNote accepts data in any format from a simple hyperlink to a SWF video – and the advanced tagging features allow for quick retrieval of data that you might not even remember collecting! With OneNote you can keep it all and more importantly, find it all.