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Making a video presentation: Finding and Citing Images

Tips for making a video presentation

Using Images in a Presentation

Using Google slides to make a presentation?

  1. Royalty-free clipart does not require an attribution.
  2. Public domain images don't require an attribution. However, it's considered good form to allow your audience to find your images. You should make an attribution in a textbox beneath or adjacent to the image that states the name of the image, the creator (if you can find it), the source, and the license. For example: "Lightbulb by Pixabay is licensed under Creative Commons CC0" then hyperlink the name of the image and website to the source of the image. See the box below for more information on creating attributions.
  3. If you must provide an attribution/citation for the images you use (and if you're not sure then you probably need to provide one), include it in your presentation:
    1. Put a "References" slide at the end of your presentation. Remember, a URL is not a citation. You must provide a citation for an image in the same way that you make a citation for a book or a website. Use NoodleTools to help. You can list citations like this:
      1. Slide 1: Creator’s Last name, First name. “Title of the digital image.” Title of the website, First name Last name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL.
      2. For example (from Easybib): 
        Slide 1: Vasquez, Gary A. Photograph of Coach K with Team USA. NBC Olympics, USA Today Sports, 5 Aug. 2016,
    2. OR place citation adjacent to photos in a textbox.

Finding Public Domain Images

How to make attributions next to an image

If you use images, such as photographs or clipart, in your presentation, you should also credit the source of the image. Do not reproduce images without permission. See the box "Finding Public Domain Images" in this guide to find sources for images that are "public use".

Use the acronym TASL to remember how to attribute images:

T - Title/Description

A - Author or creator

S - Source & date (Name of the website the image is from)

L - License or location (Creative Commons license or URL)

1. When making a video or presentation, place a TASL caption (title/description, creator, source & date, license/location) at the bottom of each image.

Social Security: Public Health nursing made available through child welfare services by Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Wikimedia Commons,


2. When using a Creative Commons image, provide an attribution beneath the photo. Provide a description, the creator, and the license. You can add a hyperlink to the image and creator to save adding the URL. This also makes the attribution shorter and easier on the eyes.











"Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt" by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC by 2.0

Quick Guide

Citing Images in MLA

Creative Commons and Royalty-Free Media