When I give a presentation, my slides tend to be more visual, or even abstract. I ditched the death-by-bullet point long ago. No one wants to sit through that. Put a few important keywords on a slide, add the rest to your notes, and use a powerful image to convey the spirit of the information you are trying to relay.
For finding free Creative Commons-licensed images that I can re-use, I tend to stick with:
- Flickr (the Creative Commons search is available from their Advanced Search page)
- Google Images (use the Advanced Search to limit to free images)
- Wikimedia Commons
- the Creative Commons search page
- and free subscription services such as Haiku Deck
Wither the Subject Heading
Here’s the problem: on user-generated sites like Flickr, most people obviously are NOT librarians. They categorize and tag photos HORRIBLY. If I’m giving a presentation and am talking about “innovation” – I cannot do a search for that as a keyword and find many quality images. So, you have to think outside the box.
Some Quick and Dirty Keywords You Can Use
What follows are some tried-and-true search terms that I’ve used to find images covering popular topics/subtopics typical to presentations:
Got a great search tip to share when it comes to using images? Leave a comment below!