Monday, March 28, 2011

Important News

PubMed New and Noteworthy informs us that there is now a CSV option under the 'send to' menu so you can save your results in comma-separated value form!

The better to make handy-dandy spreadsheets with! I may faint with enthusiasm.

In other news, Kate Harding made this nifty Wordle document with the top 50 novels 200 people told her she should read if she were going to read an English-language novel. It's a cool visual.

Many people seem to think highly of Middlemarch. Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, and Jane Eyre are also popular choices. People like the classics.

Word clouds are just kind of a fun idea, aren't they? You couldn't look around without stubbing your eye on one for a while, although I never think to do anything with them myself, but they often present information in an interesting way.

Certainly it's a lot more eye-catching than a simple list of the 50 titles.

That's it, my next report on something is going to include a word cloud.

"And these are all the journals we've added to the catalog in the past month."

Sadly, it turns out the effect is much less impressive when every piece of information in the cloud is the same size.


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