Okay, so I feel extremely stupid for asking this, but I guess it just never came up in library school! I’ve got a short (5 minute) presentation to give at a job interview on Monday, on the topic of my choice - I’m going to do it on MeSH subject searching in PubMed. Now, I know what I’m doing, know how to do it all live - but obviously I ought to have a backup, right?
I’m going to have to do a bunch of navigating and searching and such in my presentation. I know how to save web pages, of course, but isn’t there a better way to do my presentation “canned” in case of technical issues than to open a bunch of web page files off a CD? I have no idea what the setup is going to be like, either, so I don’t think I can break out a special program for it. Can PowerPoint do something like that? I’ve avoided PowerPoint like the plague because library school is just chock full of bad, evil PowerPoint, but I can use it if I have to. I tried inserting a saved web page as an “object” just now into PowerPoint, but it didn’t work. Am I doing it wrong? I know I’ve seen PowerPointed web presentations in the past, but maybe they had a plugin? Or should I have saved it to pdf or something first?
I guess this is just one of those things I always thought I knew how to do until I realized that hey, maybe I, um, don’t. I couldn’t find the right search term to google, either - I don’t need tips on how to make eye contact, I need tips on what to do if PubMed is down! (Besides, er, making transparencies.) I’m hesitant to make handouts because there might be any number of people at my presentation, too.
And please, nobody here be on my search committee.