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Quick updates: what an exciting month this has been! This week I signed up for my figshare account and got a DOI for my LibGuides Project Team poster. My plan now is to turn this poster into a write up and publish it somewhere. Where? TBD.

Mellanye Lackey presented the other poster I was co-author on.

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Earlier this month, my short piece for the MLA News Technology column was also published. If you’re an MLA member, please enjoy. If you are not, the gist of it is in my post here.

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Gear Up 2015

Don’t miss the upcoming Gear Up events
for Dartmouth researchers!

  • Wednesday, January 21st, 11:30am-1:30pm [MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, GlycoFi Atrium]
  • Thursday, January 22nd, 3-5pm [Arts & Humanities Resource Center, Bartlett Hall] – Focus on Digital Humanities

Gear Up is a great way to connect with people across campus who support Dartmouth’s researchers through services, tools, and consults. Find out about support and services provided by Research Computing, the Office of Sponsored Projects, the Library and others, – for all stages of your research, from idea generation to finding funding, from writing proposals to programming support, from grants management to publication & dissemination of your research results.

Find out more at http://sites.dartmouth.edu/gearup. These are drop-in events so spend as much or as little time as you want there! If you cannot attend any of the events but are interested in the topics, please feel free to contact us!

gearup2015Connect with the people at Dartmouth that support all stages of your research and scholarship.  
Learn about services, solutions, and resources that can bring power to your research project.

Gear Up is sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library, ITS, and the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.

Filed under: Publishing, Research, Science, Tech Tips, Workshops

Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro

If you haven’t yet heard, Dartmouth has a site license to Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro (supported by ITS)! I attended a demo two weeks ago and there are a number of cool new features in the new Mathematica, including integration with the Cloud.

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Research, Tech Tips

Get Started with LaTeX

latex_handoutBy now, you’re convinced that writing your documents using LaTeX is the way to go. Your papers, presentations, and even homework assignments will look publication-ready with its fancy headers, section numbering, and beautifully typeset mathematical equations. You’re ready to make the leap from MS Word, but how do you begin?

First, you have to decide between online versus offline use. There are pros and cons to each, but the major difference is if you plan to have internet access while you’re working on your documents.

Certainly if you don’t want the hassle of downloading the software and choosing an editor, go with one of the web options (all of these allow for collaborative writing as well):

  • writeLaTeX — instant updating of your new content or edits
  • ShareLaTeX — watch your collaborators type (like google docs)
  • Authorea — version control through git

But if you do want your own installation, start with downloading the right software distribution for your operating system here and follow the instructions to install. You should allow for at least 30 minutes for the whole process. Factors to consider: internet speed, size of the software (varies), speed of your computer, etc.

You may notice that your distribution may or may not come with a starter editor, which is your interface to writing. For example, MacTeX comes with TeXShop. You’re not obligated to use it and you are free to choose whatever editor you want. You may already be using an editor to code in other languages; e.g. Vim or Emacs. Check out this table for comparison.

Now you’re ready to make your first document! If you’d like a suggestion, try writing your CV/resume. I will be holding a workshop on formatting tips for your CV/resume in LaTeX on Thursday, October 30 at noon in Kresge Library. Save the date and bring your document!

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Publishing, Tech Tips, Workshops Tagged: LaTeX

Poster Prep — May 8 at 6pm

We’re gearing up for the annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium, which is May 22. Join us for a poster preparation session!

Thursday, May 8 at 6pm in Starr 

Here’s the page with some guidelines and examples. We will look at previous posters and give you some tips about layout designs, choosing images, creating infographics, and more!

If you miss the session, feel free to drop in for help:

  • Thursday, May 15, 4-6 PM
    Friday, May 16, 2-4 PM
    Shirley Zhao, Physical Sciences Librarian
    Location: Kresge Library–3rd floor of Fairchild Hall
  • Monday, May 19, 2-4PM
    David Izzo, Computing and Media Services, Biomedical Library
    Location: Dana Library at Dewey Field Road, 3rd floor

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Tech Tips, Workshops

LaTeX Minicourse

Brought to you by the Department of Mathematics and Kresge Library, we will get you set up and using LaTeX like a pro in no time through this 3-part series! So mark your calendars for the following Tuesdays this Spring and join us:

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email me for the source files

Addendum: Leslie Lamport, who developed LaTeX, was just named the 2013 A.M. Turing Award recipient! (Thanks to Carol Hutchins for pointing that out!)

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Kresge, Math, Physics, Publishing, Tech Tips, Workshops Tagged: LaTeX