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Writing Skills –Part 2 Technical Issues
Content vs Presentation • Content is always more important than presentation! • Good presentation can enhance impact and intelligibility • Bad presentation can often detract / distract
Formatting • Depends on your intended audience! • E.g. document, powerpoint presentation, website, journal article, poster • Font size - Font sizeFont sizeFont size • Font type - times, verdanacomicvivaldi • Font style - bolditalic
Example Document • Set outline document structure • Set styles and formatting includingline spacing, paragraph spacing, indenting, bullet points, numbering etc. • Set page layout, headings, sections, headers and footers, page numbers, page breaks, table of contents, index etc… • Create content and references, figures etc...
Checklist • Content • Formatting, Spelling, Grammar • Figures and captions, References • Page structure • Margins, Paper Size, Document Title, Author, Page No’s and Total, Modification Date or Printout Date
Software – the basics • Word Processing • Microsoft Office - market leader! (OUCS) • Corel (WordPerfect) – alternative (OUCS) • MathType / SciWord - equation editing (OUCS) • LaTeX / Winedt / WinTeX / MikTeX - (downloads) • consider compatibility with your supervisor! • Bibiliographic software • Endnote / Procite / Reference manager (OUCS) • Powerful in combination with on-line databases • Endnote web free site license
Software – yet more! • Graphing • Excel – part of Office readily available (OUCS) • Origin, SigmaPlot - zero cost site licensed (Dept website) • Mathematica and Matlab – zero cost site licensed (Dept website) • Images/micrographs • Photoshop / PaintshopPro / Corel – cost money (OUCS) • Gimp / Inkscape – freeware (web download) • Digital micrograph etc – specialist (Dept IT staff or EM staff) • Mathematical packages • Mathematica & Matlab – zero cost site licensed (Dept website) • PDF creation • Acrobat full – costs money (OUCS) • PDF Creator Pro – zero cost site license (OUCS) • Pdf995 or CutePDF – freeware (downloads)
OUCS training courses • Course details and bookings are via http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses • Word: Creating professional documents • http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TRWF • Manging your Thesis • http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TRWG • Word: Building long documents • http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TRWK
OUCS course resources https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/asuc/oucs/itlp_courses
Getting IT Support - Local email@example.com • Dr Paul J Warren - Senior IT Officer • paul.warren@materials ; 73727; ETB Room 10.12 • Dr Alex Cock – IT support / Teaching Lab / Admin • alex.cock@materials ; 73727 ; ETB Room 10.15 • Khalid Schofield – IT support / Networking • khalid.schofield@materials ; 73728 ; ETB Room 10.28 • Chris Akinola- IT support / General / Audio Visuals • chris.akinola@materials ; 73667 ; ETB Room 10.14