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Creating Scientific Presentations: PowerPoint Creation - Advanced

Adding citations

Just because you are putting your information into a Powerpoint presentation instead of a formal written paper doesn't mean you don't have to cite your sources. All information unless it belongs to you, must be cited. 

Citation Help

Support for citing materials in MLA format can be found online from the Owl at Purdue.

Choosing Colors for Presentations

Color Basics

  • Primary Colors - red, blue, and yellow
  • Secondary Colors - green , violet and orange
  • Tertiary Colors - created by making combinations of the above six colors
  • Complementary Colors - pairs opposite each other on the color wheel (i.e. blue and orange, red and green). The colors contrast with each other for dynamic effect.
  • Analogous Colors - Colors next to each other on the color wheel. Analogous colors create a harmonious, unified feeling.

Color Combinations

  • Color combinations may look different when projected. If possible, test your presentation on the projector to verify that the colors work well together.
  • Certain color combinations provide high contrast for ease of reading. For example, the following combinations of text color on background color work well: green on purple, white on black, violet on yellow.
  • When using graphics in your presentation, try to choose one or more colors from the graphic to use as text colors. The color combinations will tie the elements of your slides together for a uniform look.
  • According to various sources, 5 percent to 8 percent of men have some form of color blindness, red-green being the most common. For this reason, it's a good idea to limit the use of red and green to high contrast color combinations.

Background color

  • As a guideline, pick a background color and use three additional colors of text for maximum impact.
  • Consider both color and texture for backgrounds. Sometimes a neutral background with a pleasing texture will work better than a solid color.
  • When using multiple background colors, consider using analogous colors; the colors will blend together without detracting from the foreground text. You can further contrast the foreground text by using a complementary text color.

Source:  SIU School Of Medicine Library

PowerPoint Training

Free short and simple tutorials available HERE Examples of training include: formatting assistance, adding images/video/hyperlinks, working with tables and charts, etc.,

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