Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Microsoft Word for the Social Sciences

Instructor: Phil Hurvitz


Where: Zoom (link to be provided)

Objective
This course will teach some of the basic but underutilized functions in Microsoft Word to increase your productivity, decrease time spent in repetitive tasks, and help you make more readable documents.

Rationale
Have you ever worked on a thesis or term paper containing multiple sections, tables, figures, and citations? Did you ever need to rearrange the structure of your document? Did you spend hours re-numbering your section titles and table/figure captions? This workshop will introduce some of the Word tools designed to increase your productivity, including: styles, captions, cross-referencing, citations/bibliographies, and more.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

You will need to have these applications installed on your computer:

  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Mendeley Desktop

Outline

We will cover these topics and others as time permits:

  1. Spell checker (duh!)
  2. Use of styles for consistent headings, body, indentations, etc.
  3. Style separator for including different styles in the same paragraph
  4. Table, figure, and equation captions and cross-referencing
  5. Including captions and graphics in tables for easier position management
  6. Citations and bibliographies using Mendeley
  7. Using RMarkdown for Word output

Materials

Online materials
Workshop materials are posted at http://staff.washington.edu/phurvitz/word_for_social_sciences/.