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Finding and Using Images

This guide introduces resources which can help you search for images to use in your projects and research.

Presenting Images

There are several different options available for creating presentations with images. PowerPoint is perhaps the most common, with the advantage being its familiarity. It is also installed on most computers, making it easy for users who aren't sure what software will be available to them while presenting at an unknown site. However, ARTstor's OIV is made specifically for presenting with images. In addition to a faster, more streamlined process creating the presentation, it offers options such as zooming in and out and automatically sizing your image. Below is a short list of some of the presentation software available, with links to tutorials and tips. 


1. ARTstor's OIV (Offline Image Viewer)

Users can download this software from ARTstor. Once you are logged in, go to the "tools" menu and choose "download OIV." 

2. PowerPoint

3. Keynote

Keynote is the Mac version of Powerpoint, and must be purchased from Apple. 

4. Prezi

Prezi is a new online presentation tool that uses a single canvas, rather than a series of slides. Users can zoom in and out of their content, and more effectively present non-linear information. The library also has Savvy Researcher Workshops on Prezi.

Image Size

Are your PowerPoint presentations taking a long time to load? Do your images look pixellated? You may be using the wrong image size. The optimal image size to fill a PowerPoint slide is 1024x768 pixels, with 100 pixels/inch. Watch this video from UT Austin's School of Architecture for more information. 

Image Advice

JISC digital media


"JISC Digital Media (formerly known as TASI) is a JISC Advance service, which provides advice, guidance and training to the UK's Further and Higher Education community on:

  • Creating digital media resources specifically still images, moving images and sound resources
  • Delivering digital media resources to users
  • Using digital media resources to support teaching, learning and research
  • Managing both small and large scale digitization projects"

This site offers great advice on everything from digitization project management to copyright. It is written in non-technical speak, and offers case studies to help you brainstorm your needs.