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Research Help: Presentation Tools

Screencasting / Screen Capturing

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.

7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting

Collaboration Tools

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

Designing Effective Collaboration

Quick Polling Sites

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.

Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged

Presentation & Graphics Tools

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

Beyond Bullet Points

Word Clouds and QR Codes

Tools for creating word clouds and QR codes.

Using Word Clouds in Teaching and Learning

QR Codes

Timelines & Storylines

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

7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization II

Image Searching

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. See our Copyright Information libguide for more information or click the logo below:

Audio, Video and Graphics Tools

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

Presenting Effective Presentations with Visual Aids

Using Video in Your Next Presentation: A Baker’s Dozen of Ideas and Tips