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Online Study Tool Kit

Workshops & Events

Student Support

Our Learning and Teaching Librarian can help you to get the best out of your studies. This could include: 

  • Using search tools effectively to find relevant academic sources for your assignments 

  • Support with referencing and plagiarism 

The Academic Achievement Team can assist with:

  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Doing statistical analysis using SPSS or NVivo
  • Preparing to take exams or give a presentation.


Effective Presentation Skills - Tutorial

Effective Presentation Skills

Example templates to help when creating a presentation

Many companies make freely available poster templates. Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement of other services these companies may provide.

Creative Commons Explained

Creative Commons CC icon

Creative Commons licenses give content creators the option to license their works for others to use for free. This means you can use the content, provided you abide by the license agreement.


The six CC license types

  • CC BY:  Reuse as you wish (you can distribute, remix, adapt and build upon the medium in any format). You must give credit to the creator.
  • CC BY-SA: Reuse as you wish and you must give credit to the creator. If you make any modifications, you must also license this with CC BY-SA
  • CC BY-NC:  You can reuse as you wish, but only for noncommercial purposes.You must give credit to the creator. 
  • CC BY-NC-SA: You can reuse as you wish, but only for noncommercial purposes. You must give credit to the creator. If you make any modifications, you must also license this with CC BY-NC-SA
  • CC BY-ND: You can copy and distribute, but you cannot adapt the material. You must give credit to the creator.
  • CC BY-NC-ND: You can copy and distribute, but you cannot adapt the material or use it for commercial purposes. You must give credit to the creator.

Aside from these six licenses. Content creators can also designate their content with a CC0 - this is when they have given up the copyright to the content, allowing it to be reused with no conditions attached.

More detailed information is given in the Creative Commons website.

Creative Commons: Giving Credit to the Creator/Owner

The four things to include when attributing or giving credit to a creator, are:

  • Title  - If there is a name provide include it. In cases where it is not, do not worry about it.
  • Creator - Give the name as provided.
  • Source - Include a link to where you found the material
  • License - Include which license is in use.

Example of attribution

Actors in scenes from the play 'A treasury of loyal retainers' by Chushingura. Colour woodcut by Kunisada II, 1856.

'Actors in scenes from the play 'A treasury of loyal retainers' by Chushingura. Colour woodcut by Kunisada II, 1856.' by Kunisada. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY

Note: Wellcome Collection provides examples of how to credit images from their collections.

The Creative Commons webpage on best practice for attribution provides further examples.

Finding Images - CC0, Attribution Free, Royalty Free

Black and white close up of hand using a phone

If you are looking for images to use for an assignment or presentation, there are two important things to consider.

  1. Do I know who owns the copyright?
  2. Is there enough information for me to reference the source, if I need to reference it?

Use of images may be allowed for educational purposes, but for content shared outside of the classroom or with the wider public, then you should not use copyrighted images.  

For content that will be publicly available, you should ensure that you use images that are royalty free, copyright free, attribution free or have been designated a Creative Common - CC0 License. Images found on Google may not necessarily be free from copyright, and infringing copyright can lead to substantial financial penalties.

Free to use online image collections

The website listed below does require attribution, but it has been included as it is a great source to use for broadening representation.

Finding Images - Library Content


The Library also subscribes to Artstor, this image collection can be used for noncommercial and education purposes, more information available in the ArtStor copyright guide below.

Working with Images - Useful Tools

Montage of images created using free tools

There are many free to use tools online there that can help you to create great presentations. We have listed some of these below.

Please bear in mind the Library does not provide support for these tools, and as they are free, the conditions of use may be subject to change.

Finding the source of an image