Help Creating Posters for Presentations / Conferences

Following a discussion with fellow librarians about how to create conference posters, I thought that I would share a couple of the resources mentioned:

Scientific Poster Design – from Cornell University, NY
Here are a few hints and tips about the content of your poster; what to include, how to present information, how to format text, how to make it readable, how to use images and graphics, preparing handouts.

This document goes into a lot of details about how to use Powerpoint, you may already know some of it. But pay attention to the sections at the beginning relating to how to set up and format a Powerpoint slide to act as a poster.

Hope these are useful. If anyone has any other resources to share, please add them in the comments.

AMED: Resource of the week #38

What is it?
AMED is the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database. It is a key database that offers access to complementary and alternative medicine topics, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, herbalism, homeopathy, hospice care, hypnosis, palliative care, physiotherapy, podiatry, and rehabilitation. You can search across a range of nursing and allied health focused publications, to find articles for your search.

Key Features
We provide access to the AMED database via 2 routes:

  • Ebsco databases – for Keele staff and students
  • HDAS databases – for NHS staff

Both these routes allow you to use the following functionality:

  • Perform simple and advanced searching
  • Use thesaurus searching
  • Save searches
  • Export results
  • Access some full-text articles

How can it help you?
The AMED database allows you to search a wide range of nursing, allied health and complimentary health focused publications, to find the research you need for your assignments, dissertations and research.

How to access it?
AMED is available on the Internet via 2 different suppliers.

  • Keele users should use the the Ebsco database
  • NHS users should use HDAS to access AMED, supplied via OVID
You will need to log on:


More help?
For more help check our online guides section:

ClinicalKey Content Updates: June 18, 2018

New Clinical Overviews – CK Global
  • Atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Drowning
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Pterygium
  • Traumatic diaphragmatic injury
Books Added – CK Global
Books Removed – CK Global
  • Atlas of Aesthetic Breast Surgery (Hammond, Dennis) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416031840; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Hall-Findlay: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast.
  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery (Nahabedian, Maurice) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702029158; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Nahabedian: Plastic Surgery: Volume 5: Breast.
  • Essentials of Neuroanesthesia and Neurointensive Care (Gupta, Arun) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416046530; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Cottrell and Patel’s Neuroanesthesia; Essentials of Neuroanesthesia.
  • Hand And Upper Extremity Reconstruction (Chung, Kevin) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702029165; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Plastic Surgery: Volume 6: Hand and Upper Extremity.
  • Head and Neck Reconstruction (Butler, Charles) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702029264; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Plastic Surgery: Volume 3: Craniofacial, Head and Neck Surgery and Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
  • Instant Work-ups: A Clinical Guide to Obstetric and Gynecologic Care (O’Connell, Theodore) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416054610; Package/Collection: Obstetrics and Gynecology. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Hacker & Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Surgical Management of Spinal Deformities (Errico, Thomas) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416033721; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended. Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Baron: Operative Techniques: Spine Surgery.

Web of Science: Resource of the week #37


What is it?
Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering science, social sciences and arts and humanities. It offers access to research tools like citation reports and cited reference searching, and personalised features such as saved searches and alerts.

The Web of Science Core Collection contains access to the following:
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990-present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Science (2005-present)
  • Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005-present)

Key Features
You can complete a basic or advanced search, as well as use the citation searcher to look for articles, including where the article is cited.
You have a range of filters that you can use to focus your search results.
Your search history is available for you to view. You can combine different searches from here.
Medline is one of the databases included in the search.

How can it help you?
Web of Science includes a wide range of topics including the sciences and social sciences which may be useful if you need to broaden your search beyond focused healthcare.

How to access it?
This database is available for Keele staff and students. You’ll need to use your Keele computer login details to access it.

More Help
There is more help available via the Campus Library website.

Using Cinahl – new ebsco videos

Cinahl is the main nursing database that our nursing students can search to find articles on nursing topics. Ebsco, the publisher, have released a number of new videos to help you to get to grips with using the database.

Basic Searching


Using Cinahl / MESH headings


Advanced Searching and using Search History


For more help you can also try our etutorial Using Cinahl or go to our help page.

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