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Presenting Your Research ...

This online learning tool created for researchers at the University of Oxford covers presentation tools, social media, and all sorts of other tools and tips for presenting and sharing your research.

Presentation Tools

Infographics (or information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge in a clear and efficient manner. They are great for succinct explanations.

Portfolios are a great way to compile individual research projects or outputs. An online portfolio allows you to share your best work with potential employers, graduate school advisors, colleagues, or even for annual reviews.

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Finding Media

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Creative Commons - a nonprofit organization that works "to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing."

Creative Commons licenses provide a way for people to share their work and make it available for others to build on and reuse. It is free to download, adapt, distribute, and transmit without having to ask permission. Depending on the license, however, there may be certain conditions: you may only be able to use the content for educational purposes, you may have to give attribution, etc. Because licenses vary, always be sure to check the exact terms of the license before using an image.

   Attribution: others can use the work however they like, so long as they give credit

   No Derivative Work: other can copy, display, or perform your work, but it must be verbatim

   Non-Commercial: other can use your work, but for non-commercial purposes only

   Share Alike: others can distribute derivative works, but only under the same terms as the original license

Check out the Creative Commons website for more information and details about CC licenses.

One option when finding images to use in ads is to look for creative commons or public domain images. The following sources are great places to start. Even some creative commons images require an attribution message, so make sure you look for that!

  • Wikimedia Commons - search for public domain images, sounds, and videos (great for your presentations).
  • Flickr Creative Commons Search
  • Google Images Advanced Search - in the "Usage Rights" box at the bottom of the search screen, choose one of the options starting with free to use or share. Note that you can even search for images that are free to use commercially.
  • Free Stock Photos - a list of sites around the web that offer free stock photos (some may require you to sign up for an account).
  • Compfight - a way to search Flickr for Creative Commons photos. Use the menu at the bottom left to choose your search options.
  • FlickrStorm - search for photos that can be used commercially, with a "share alike" license and more.
  • Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online - Images from the Library of Congress, now in the public domain.

    Art Images for College Teaching  - Art and architecture images photographed by art historian and visual resources curator, Allan Kohl. Images licensed for non-profit use and in the public domain.

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