Sociology of Medicine

Course #: SY321

Researching for an Op-Ed piece

While opinion pieces are usually based on your own personal point of view, a well-written and researched Op-Ed is so much more. I highly recommend that you make an appointment with me for help finding the grounding data and science behind your work. Verifying what you say by citing examples and specific data goes a long way toward creating a good op ed.

There are many data visualization tools that you can use to visualize data findings in compelling and accurate ways. We have provided information to help you make the best choice based on ease of use, cost, and functionalities available.


Infographics are an excellent visual way to convey often complex data, and there are many examples of both good and bad infographics found by google searching. Here's a good source on how to create an infographic by Mark Armstrong. What I like about this is he uses an infographic to teach you what to keep in mind.

Create an infographic on these sites:

  • Piktochart - 33 million piktocharts and counting...This user-friendly design app allows you to choose from premade templates or create your own infographic from scratch. To access all of the options and features, you might want to consider upgrading to the paid version, which also enables you to upload your own graphic elements.
  • - the free version gives you up to 10 projects, 13 map types, 37 interactive chart types, etc.
  • Canva - One of the most popular online design apps, Canva can help you make compelling infographics on education or virtually any other topic. Get started by choosing from the large template library, and then add your text and adjust the layout as necessary. This app allows you to customize almost every element, so you can change orientation, enlarge text, adjust colors, and more.
  • BeFunky: If you’re looking for a relatively basic option that you can use to edit pictures, create simple charts, and design colorful infographics, try BeFunky. Start with a premade template, add your text, and select a few icons. You can adjust the colors and some layout elements to make your design pop.
  • This basic design app allows for simple, streamlined infographics. Layout options are somewhat limited and may not allow for complex storylines, but works well for straightforward visual stories that feature a few key points.
  • Infogram: This program requires more design skills than many other online apps, but Infogram can be a great choice for data-heavy infographics. Browse the library to see the many chart, graph, diagram, and map options available for telling your visual story.
  • Snappa: One of the easiest design tools to use, Snappa is a basic graphic design app that allows you to make simple infographics for education. The layout options and icon libraries may be relatively limited, but in this case, fewer choices means a more streamlined design process. This app can help you produce an infographic in just 10 minutes.
  • Venngage: This free app invites you to get started by choosing an informational, chronological, or statistical infographic template. You can easily add charts, graphs, and maps to incorporate data and enhance your story. With so many added elements to choose from, Venngage is a good choice for showcasing statistics and data.
  • Visme: Whether you want to create a presentation or an infographic for your educational purposes, this design tool is a smart choice. Visme’s font and image library is extensive, so you’ll have plenty of options for creating visual content that really stands out. You can even add video and audio to take your content to the next level. Source