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Faculty Resources at Thurgood Marshall Library: Presentation Tools

This guide is intended to assist faculty and staff in using the library's resources and services.

Presentation Tools

A few notes and cautions are in order regarding the links provided in this page. First, many online products start out free and then, as they gain popularity, cost packages are added. Sometimes a free service or package remains an option, sometimes not. Almost always even the free services require that the new user create an account with a login password. We suggest that you carefully explore your options and find out what is included in a free basic service or in a free-trial before you create an account and login.  

For students and educators, we also suggest that you look at reviews of these tools before you invest your time. A good source of reviews for educators and students is Common Sense Graphite. This site is operated by the not for profit organization, Common Sense, which operates to provide sensible ratings and information to help educators, students, and parents make wise choices about media. For more information about Common Sense and Common Sense Graphite, see the links below:

A variety of tools to help you create and edit graphics, edit or use movies and audio materials.

Collaboration tools include resources to help users brainstorm, edit, share, or develop projects, files, or presentations online.

Tools for creating presentations and graphics including alternatives to PowerPoint, visualization tools, options for creating handouts and flyers, engaging/interactive presentations, and more.

Remember that the accuracy of the images needs to be evaluated along with the Websites that display them.  Searching for images with general search engines may lead to objectionable or obscene images, so use caution.

Copyright Considerations

Most image sources will include information about the copyright status.  Many sources will allow you to reproduce images for teaching or other non-commercial uses.  Always remember to attribute the source of the image when incorporating it into your own presentations.

Some image search engines allow you to limit your search to images licensed with Creative Commons licenses that may allow re-use.  Often this is on the 'Advanced Search' screen.  See the specific license to see if you can modify the image, use it for commercial purposes, or need to make attribution to the creator. For more information about the various types of Creative Commons license see the link below:

Find and use a number of online polling sites to take quick one-shot polls for presentations or to create more in-depth polls for post-presentation evaluations and more.

Tools to capture either a static image of what's on your screen (and sometimes add annotations, boxes, arrows, etc.) or to capture a video of your movements and usually audio.

Tools to create timelines, infographics, and other materials for a more visual presentation.

Tools for creating QR Codes and/or Word Clouds.