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Putting Together a Presentation: Visual Elements

Guide for Edmonds College students working on presentations

Copyright & Citing Sources

decorative imageWhat you can legally do with an image is governed by copyright law. Copyright law can be fairly fuzzy, but here is what you need to know: In general, use of images for scholarly critique or illustration of a point in a school project should be covered under fair use guidelines; if you plan to distribute or sell your project, you will need to check the use guidelines more carefully. And of course, if you have questions you can always Ask a Librarian!

(Make sure that you give credit where credit is due: cite your sources! See these guides for more help: APA Citation Style GuideCSE Citation GuideMLA Citation Style Guide.)

Making Your Own Images

Your computer has the built-in ability to capture a screenshot (an image of what you see on your computer screen). On Macs, press Cmd+Shift+3 to capture the entire thing, or Cmd+Shift+4 to choose a specific section. On PCs, use the "Print Screen" button to capture the entire desktop, then edit the image using the program of your choice.

Online tools:

  • Create a Graph: Online tool that allows you to create, save and print multiple types of graphs to display data more effectively.
  • TechSmith Capture: Free online tool to take screenshots, annotate them, and upload them to the web for sharing. 



Finding Media Online

The Creative Commons Search is a tool to help you locate media on the open web that copyright holders have decided may be re-used for various purposes. CC Search allows you to search Google Images and Flickr

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There are also many online collections of images and videos you may find useful. Here are just a few. Not all items are guaranteed to be under CC licensing, so double-check rights where necessary (see "Copyright & Citing Sources," this page).