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Science: Presenting/Citing your Findings

Guide to doing research on science topics using the LCC Library.

Presentation software

There are many tools you can use to make a class presentation.

PowerPoint is a popular presentation tool, widely available on computers on the LCC campus. Lots of tips on the PowerPoint Help and How-To site. WikiHow includes How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation.

KeyNote is available on campus Mac computers. Easy to use templates allow you to input data, charts, and media. Crisp design quality.

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software in a "zoomable" graphic platform that allows for very dynamic presentations. Free version requires login.

Google Docs provides tools for individual/multiple users to collaborate on presentation, graphic, and written documents. Content is stored on Google Drive.

David Byrne, Yes (from his book/DVD called E.E.E.I. (Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information) on Powerpoint art)

APA Citations

If you have never used the APA citation style, consult a guide. It is very different from the MLA style used in most writing classes here at LCC.

Basic formatting of APA citations and in-text references can be found on this APA handout.

OWL (Online Writing Lab at Purdue University) has an example of a research paper formatted in APA style.

Tips for making your presentation shine

Finally ... You've finished reading, you have organized your research, and collected data. Now you have to present it to the class! Don't freak out. Take time to think about what you need to communicate and how you want your research to look.

Presentations are both informational and visual so don't plan on just reading your report. Here are some simple guidelines.

Keep the overall design simple! Limit color schemes, and fonts. Keep the overall design consistent so your audience has continuity between slides.

Don't get bogged down with cute design elements. Stay focused on content and not "tricks" of the presentation tool itself.

Don't overload your slides with language. If the text is too small, it will be unreadable. Too many words and your audience cannot read and listen at the same time.

Use high-quality images. Images will be projected and viewed at a distance.

Review for typos and grammatical errors. Any error is magnified by the fact of being viewed so large.

Need more advice? Here are some guidelines:

Designing an Effective PowerPoint Presentation from Purdue OWL

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