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CHM/GLG 481 & 598: Geochemistry : Writing & Citing

Resources and library research instruction for Dr. Hartnett's Geochemistry class.


RefWorks and other citation management software

Don't forget - for any literature review project, you need to use citation management software to keep track of what you have found and have the references formatted in whatever citation style is needed.  

RefWorks is the software that ASU gives to you for free, and the ASU Library provides support (both training and technical issues) for it.   You may choose to use other software programs such as Zotero, Menedeley, ChemWorx, or EndNote, however, any costs, training and technical support is your responsibility and is not provided by ASU.    

RefWorks tutorials are available on You Tube. There's no need to view all the tutorials, we recommend the following to get you started:

1.0 Introduction (47s)

1.1 Accessing RefWorks, Creating an Account and Logging In (2m 53s)
To access the ASU version of RefWorks, go to http://www.asu.edu/refworks or go to the Libraries home page at http://lib.asu.edu scroll down to "Most Used Resources" and click on the "RefWorks"

1.2 Adding References Using Direct Export (2m 14s)

1.3 Organizing Imported References into Folders (2m 7s)

1.5 Creating a Bibliography (1m 53s)

2.2 Adding References by Importing Text Files (2m 9s)

2.3 Adding References by Manual Entry (1m 55s)


Poster Tips

You'll be creating a poster for your topic; although posters and journal articles do have much the same content, the presentation is the opposite.   Journal articles relay the content primarily via text - posters must have the content mostly in a visual format (graphs, tables, charts, photos) with very little text.      

Here's some sites that show you what good poster design is all about but ...  what constitutes good design/art is subjective.   You'll find that these advice sites may give you conflicting recommendations so treat them as guidelines not rules set in stone.  Dr. Harntett's design requirements always trump whatever these design sites say.   

  • Colin Purrington: Designing Conference Posters
    One of the most frequently cited conference poster tips on the web. Purrington covers everything about academic/science poster design from A to Z and includes references to other sources of good poster advice. 

  • Scientific Poster Design
    Slide presentation from graphic designer, LiLynn Graves, at Cornell University.   Specifically written for scientists and science posters.  Gives both good and bad examples.  Colorful and with humor.  

  • Creating Effective Poster Presentations
    This site can be somewhat confusing but use the links in the left column to navigate within the main sections; links within the text go to specific information within sections.  Tips throughout the whole site are useful, however, pay specific attention to the Video Library section in which the third video (Giving an Effective Poster Presentation) advises on what to do when you're standing in front of your poster, something that's general missing on other poster sites. 

  • And for a humorous look at what NOT to do, here's some tips from the AGU ...
    GeoFizz: Epic Fail: What a Perfectly Putrid Poster Can Do For You.  EOS 94(12): 425, November 12, 2013.  

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