As mentioned in Thing 12, images and other engaging content are key to a great presentation. But how do you source good images without running into intellectual property problems? Anyone can do a quick Google search and find some nice pictures but they are not always free to use. Just because you can copy and paste a picture does not make reusing it ok. Also, if you ever want to share any of your work under a Creative Commons licence, any reused content must also be covered by some form of CC licence, or if you’re really lucky, a CC0 licence!

But fear not, there are many handy tools out there for you to source good high quality images while remaining an excellent internet citizen. We have put together a helpful handout with a list of good places to find images for all your presentation needs so go and explore!

Now check out our video on using good images in your presentations.

Video transcript

Going further…

We’ve all been there. You’ve saved a brilliant image that you know you can reuse but you can’t remember where you found it. Did you know you can search Google Images using a picture? Here’s a quick guide to a reverse image search using Google.

TinEye is another good reverse image search tool where you can upload your image and see where it originally came from. Simple!

Thing 14 activities

Write a blogpost about reusing images and what you have done in the past (no judgement, we promise!)

Find a really good picture that is shareable and embed it in your blogpost with appropriate credit

Write about how you found using the tools to find images and crediting the image itself

Thing 14 learning outcomes

You should understand the importance of good visuals in presentations

You should understand appropriate reuse and crediting of images

You should have experienced the process of embedding and crediting an image in a blogpost

You should have reflected on Thing 14 through blogging

See you for more 23 Research Things on Monday. You get Friday off this week! Yay!

Image: Aikawa Ke