Binding cost of dissertations and theses to increase

Effective January 1, 2011, the cost for binding dissertations and theses will increase from $10 per copy to $15 per copy. Houchen Bindery will begin billing all customers for stamping the title and author information on the front cover. Because thesis and dissertation titles include custom text and are often long, cover preparation is expensive for the bindery. Unfortunately, neither the bindery nor the library is able to absorb the added cost and as a result, the increase must be passed on to the student author. For questions, please contact Sheryl Williams (swilliam@unmc.edu).

Toolkit for making written material clear

Do you communicate with the public through written materials such as instruction sheets, fliers, or forms ? A new toolkit, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is available to help you create materials that are easier for people to read, understand, and use.

The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective contains the following modules:

  • Toolkit Part 1:   About this Toolkit and how it can help you
  • Toolkit Part 2:   Using a reader-centered approach to develop and test written material
  • Toolkit Part 3:   Summary List of the “Toolkit Guidelines for Writing and Design”
  • Toolkit Part 4:   Understanding and using the “Toolkit Guidelines for Writing”
  • Toolkit Part 5:   Understanding and using the “Toolkit Guidelines for Graphic Design”
  • Toolkit Part 6:   How to collect and use feedback from readers
  • Toolkit Part 7:   Using readability formulas: A cautionary note
  • Toolkit Part 8:   Will your written material be on a website?
  • Toolkit Part 9:   Things to know if your written material is for older adults
  • Toolkit Part 10: “Before and after” example: Using this Toolkit’s guidelines to revise a brochure
  • Toolkit Part 11: Understanding and using the “Toolkit Guidelines for Culturally Appropriate Translation”

Searching Web of Science session Dec 9

Brian Erb from McGoogan Library will give a demonstration on Dec. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Durham Research Center, Room 1004 showing how to explore the world’s leading citation database with multidisciplinary coverage of more than 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences. Powerful tools include cited reference searching, Citation Maps, and the Analyze Tool. One of its useful features that PubMed won’t allow is citation searching, that is you can find who cited whom so long as the cited and citing work are in Web of Science. Register online with your university personnel ID, call 559-7284 or e-mail csttrain@unmc.edu.