Book Review: The Presentation Secrets Of Steve Jobs

I can recommend wholeheartedly The Presentation Secrets Of Steve Jobs.

This book pretty much sums up the current cutting edge approach to presentations – honesty, passion and preparation.  External appearance doesn’t matter so much as authenticity.

There are also tips on how to organize a presentation. For example, define an enemy or problem and show the audience how your idea overcomes the problem.  Also create an a-ha moment that the audience can take home with them mentally.

Along the way, the book also discusses the correct use of slide images and text behind you and the correct use of props. Lots more in this one – check it out.

Internet News Roundup: Robots Write Your News and Disappearing from Google Results

Another roundup of news explaining what you really see on the internet:

Artificial intelligence programs write news stories about everything, including business coverage of major American corporations.

Another article about robots writing news stories.

The British government is alleged to be posting fake comments, profiles on social media, and shutting down peaceful dissenting websites in order to support  its policies.

Google has removed negative media coverage of Merrill Lynch’s role in the financial crisis of 2008, under the recent “right to be forgotten” movement.

Nadine Gordimer, Fiction Writer of South African Apartheid, Obituary

All Nadine Gordimer books here. 

From The New York TImes Obit:

Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90.

Her family announced her death in a statement.

Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, she said, but she found it impossible to dig deeply into South African life without striking repression. And once the Afrikaner nationalists came to power in 1948, the scaffolds of the apartheid system began to rise around her and could not be ignored.

“I am not a political person by nature,” Ms. Gordimer said years later. “I don’t suppose, if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics much, if at all.”

But whether by accident of geography or literary searching, she found her themes in the injustices and cruelties of her country’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of South African society unexplored, from the hot, crowded cinder-block neighborhoods and tiny shebeens of the black townships to the poolside barbecues, hunting parties and sundowner cocktails of the white society.

Hoovers Database Located in Campus Research and Lexis Nexis

Hoovers (company financials and company history) is available inside Campus Research and Lexis Nexis

The Campus Research link is easier: the Hoovers link is simply located in the upper left screen. Voila!

The Lexis Nexis Way is more complicated.

Go to Companies, select Company Dossier and search your company. The information will be from  Hoovers.

Daniel Keyes (Flowers For Algernon) Obituary and Books

Daniel Keyes, best known for the classic short story and book Flowers For Algernon has died. All Daniel Keyes books here. It’s sci-fi, young adult, and just plain shows the power of writing to play with ideas.

From the New York Times Obit, here’s a quick intro to Flowers to Algernon:

Charlie Gordon, a 32-year-old bakery worker with an intellectual disability who is chosen for an experimental operation to increase his intelligence. A white mouse named Algernon had undergone the procedure and had become intelligent enough to solve mazes much faster than Charlie.


How to Find Primary Sources

Primary sources are documents that are direct records of an event, raw data, documents, magazines or newspapers from the time, photos or other material created at the time of an event. Even audio recordings, buildings, or just about anything could be considered primary sources.

Our historical primary source databases are located here.

Again, if you’re working in the field of history, you can search our catalog for published collections of primary sources.

Our history maven Margaret Vavarek suggests the searching the following key words in the catalog: Correspondence, Description and Travel, Diaries, Interviews, Personal Narratives, Sources, Letters or Speeches

Graduate Students: How to Design Your Research Project

Graduate students may need a refresher/introduction in social sciences research design.

These books cover how to conduct an interview, using statistics in social sciences, and quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

Links below (includes e-books)

Social Sciences Methodology

Social Sciences Fieldwork

Grounded Theory

Social Sciences – Statistical Methods

Encyclopedias of Social Sciences Research Methods (good reference)

You may also use keywords like history statistics or psychology research design, etc.