Jazz Up Your Presentations

In many cases, a project for class will include several different components, and students may have to hand in a proposal, a bibliography, or working drafts on top of the final paper. But perhaps the most dreaded and stressful part of a project is that final presentation. Not to worry – here are some great resources for putting those finishing touches on all that hard work.

A Prezi Show

The IUB Libraries have a number of resources to help you with the general design and delivery of your presentation, starting with honing those public speaking skills. Try a subject search in IUCAT for ‘public speaking’ or ‘business presentations’ to find some helpful items, such as:

Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action [Wells Library – Undergraduate Services – Core Collection – PN4129.15 .A76 2010]


Presentation Skills for Quivering Wrecks [electronic resource]

There are many presentation tools that take advantage of picture and video (such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, and SlideRocket), and the IUB Libraries also offers a number of resources to assist in editing your visual presentation, for example:

Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations [BUSSPEA – Stacks – HF5718.22 .R49 2010]

It will also be helpful to think of ways to generate visual content from the material you are working with. Will you be discussing a particular work of art, photograph, building, or artist? Try looking for relevant photos in an image database such as ARTstor Images or CAMIO RLG’s Catalog of Art Museum Images. Or, if you’re looking for photos of people, places, and things pertinent to your presentation, try EBSCO’s Image Collection, AP Images, or the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project.

If you’re using census data in your project, American Factfinder 2 is a great resource for finding and visualizing this data in tables and sometimes maps. A similar resource is Simply Map, which allows users to generate reports and maps from U.S. social and demographic data.

And finally, some more dynamic presentation content to consider is video. While YouTube is perhaps the most ubiquitous video player of our time, one source for video clips to consider is World History in Video, from Alexander Street Press. This database offers critically-acclaimed documentaries covering events in history from around the world. Users can create and share their own clips from the full-length features and embed or link the video in their presentations.

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