COLIN HOMISKI

Research Librarian: Visual/Performing Arts & Philosophy
Senate House Library, University of London

What is the function of the slides
 Text elements to reinforce your talk
 Visual images
 Sound clips
 Video samples

Decide which software you are going to use
 PowerPoint or some form of ‘cloud’ supported software

like Google Docs, Zoho, Slideshare, Prezi

What if there are large files/images?

Prezi (prezi.com) [visual presentations]
Mindmapfree.com [visual presentations]
Freemind.sourceforge.net [visual presentations]
Brainshark.com [convert to video presentations]
Authorstream.com [convert to video presentations]
Slideshare.net
[online PowerPoint]
Slideboom.com [online PowerPoint]
Slideserve.com
[online PowerPoint]
Zoho.com
[online PowerPoint]

And PowerPoint naturally!






You can embed MP3/wav files into PowerPoint

Or if the delivery is over the internet and stored in the
cloud—download the file you need for the
presentation

Nearly all commercial music is in copyright (extended
from 50 to 70 years [1/11/13]) or there is a commercial
free license (like Creative Commons material) or is
designated royalty-free

Publicdomain4u.com
Public domain music downloads
(freepd.com)
 Musopen.org (classical)
 Dig.Cc mixter (Creative Commons)
 Freesound.org
 Freemusicarchive.org
 Openmusicarchive.org

Copyright
Creative Commons (copyright 2.0)
Public Domain








Flickr (check relevant license)+
Flickr Commons (photos)
Stockphotosforfree.com (photos)
Unrestrictedstock.com (photos
and videos)
Motionbackgroundsforfree.com
(videos)
Movietools.info (videos)
Stockfootageforfree.com (videos)
motionelements.com (videos)
Bottledvideo.com (videos)


No crazy fonts and colour schemes
5x5x5 or 6x6x6 rule
 No more than 5 words per line of text, 5

bullets/lines or 5 heavy dense slides in a row
 Don’t make information too ‘dense’
 If you need to convey a lot of info consider a
handout

Full-text databases which have the full article in PDF/HTML to
view/download (JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, Ingenta, Times
Digital, Proquest Newspapers)

Bibliographic/Indexes databases which contain all of the types of material
written about a particular topic such as journal articles, books, conference
proceedings, theses, reviews, etc. (Periodicals Index Online, Philosophers
Index, PhilPapers)

Encyclopaedia/Dictionary databases (Oxford English Dictionary,
Dictionary of National Biography, Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy)

Citation Indexes which detail the ‘importance’ or ‘impact’ of particular
article (Web of Knowledge – Social Science Citation Index, Arts and
Humanities Citation Index)
▪ *Databases blur

these distinctions - Both Academic Search Complete and
JSTOR have citation information on ‘more recent’ articles but not the full
text (yet) because of moving wall. Ingenta Journals have a mixture of full
text articles and citations because of subscription/access.


No crazy fonts and colour schemes
5x5x5 or 6x6x6 rule
 No more than 5 words per line of text, 5

bullets/lines or 5 heavy dense slides in a row
 Don’t make information too ‘dense’
 If you need to convey a lot of info consider a
handout

Use Common Sense—Keep it simple
Bells and whistles should not distract
Don’t just read the slide! (Slides are there to
supplement)
 Remember your CITATIONS!


Where is this from?
Pre-1923 images in
public domain are not
copyrighted and in
public domain but
must be attributed
 Same goes for Creative
Commons licensed
material under CC-BYSA, etc.

Nicolaus Reusner,
Emblemata partim ethica
et physica,
partim vero historica et
hieroglyphica,
Frankfurt 1581

“Bisogna rompere questo cerchio ristretto di
suoni puri e conquistare la varietà infinita dei
suoni-rumori.”
-Luigi Russolo
L’ arte dei Rumori
1 luglio 1913


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