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Research Dissemination & Impact

Make your work more discoverable and learn how to track your research impact.

Available Classes

This class is an introduction to Northwestern Elements, a web-based warehouse of information about the scholarly outputs of Northwestern Medicine.

Note: This class is available only to select administrative support staff who need to use Elements as part of their job duties. All attendees need a Northwestern NetID and password for this class. For assistance with the Northwestern NetID, please see:

At the completion of this class, the participant will:

  • Become familiar with Northwestern Elements
  • Know how to log in and navigate the home page
  • Learn how to impersonate another user and manage publications
  • Understand the importance of optimizing search settings and automatic claiming

This class introduces participants to best practices for creating visualizations and illustrations that effectively communicate research ideas and data stories to a variety of audience types. We will discuss reasons to visualize data, chart types, use cases, tools & resources, accessible design, and ethical practices.

Upon completion of this one-hour workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of data visualizations in the research process
  • ​Recognize the different types of charts available​ for various types of data
  • Learn about tools and resources for creating data visualizations
  • Identify best practices in data visualization and see some examples where it makes sense to break the rules