Materials Usage Guidelines

We ask that those wishing to use the materials found on the AETC NCRC website honor the following guidelines:

  • Slide sets and other materials that appear on the AETC NCRC website are intended for public use, unless otherwise noted.
  • You may use or present a slide set or other material in its entirety if you credit the author and source of the material.
  • Similarly, you may incorporate selected slides or resources from the AETC NCRC website into another public presentation if you credit the author and/or source of the materials.
  • If you use materials from the AETC NCRC website in preparing other presentations or materials, please Include an appropriate reference citation.
  • Do not publish or post materials found on the AETC NCRC site without permission from their creators or copyright holders.
  • For examples of appropriate citation, see the frequently asked questions below.

Using and Adapting Slides Frequently Asked Questions

When using or adapting materials drawn from other sources, including Internet sources, it is important to cite the source of the materials. Yet, questions about how to credit diverse sources of information are common within and outside the AETC network. We assume that most presenters want to do the right thing, but often they do not know the standards of the field. We hope that this page will help to clarify the issue.

A basic rule of thumb is that the standard for what is appropriate for materials developed for broad distribution (e.g., a large lecture, a handout, a publication) is probably stronger and less flexible than that for materials or presentations developed for a small group or one-time use.

When do I need to request permission to use slides created by someone else?

  • You should always ask permission unless the slide set or source includes information about appropriate use. Examples of specific directives:
    • The CDC has the following request on its HIV slide download page:
      While the content is in the public domain and no copyright restriction applies, we do ask that users preserve the slides in their current format and cite CDC as the source.
    • The AETC National Coordinating Resource Center's slides include this statement on the second slide of each file:
      It is intended that these slides be used as prepared, without changes in either content or attribution. Users are asked to honor this intent.
    • Clinical Care Options uses similar language, but also addresses the issue of republication:
      Users are encouraged to use these slides in their own presentations, but we ask that content and attribution not be changed. Users are asked to honor this intent. These slides may not be published or posted online without permission from Clinical Care Options.

May I apply my own template to someone else's slides?

It depends. The CDC, in its request (above), asks that you retain the original formatting, but acknowledges that it cannot enforce the issue. The other two statements do not address this issue.

This is an example of an appropriate citation of a slide taken from the NRC website:

slide showing proper attribution


slide in new template, but with attribution

New template with appropriate citation

How do I cite another source in single slides?

slide citing a source appropriately

Appropriate credit for an image from another source

attribution of journal article

Appropriate citation of a figure or data source

Do I need permission to use charts, graphs, or images from journals or other publications?

Yes. The rule for presentations is the same as the rule for publications.

CCO slide attributing graphs from journal, used with permission

Example of a citation where permission to use figures was noted.

What if I want to adapt or modify the chart or graph?

The rule for presentations is the same as the rule for publications.

adapted figure example

Example of an appropriate citation.

Do I need permission to use images or graphics from the Internet?

It depends on where you got them. If they are part of a free clip-art library or if you purchased them from a stock photo company, you usually do not need to obtain permission or credit the source. If they are from a newspaper, journal, poster, or other publication, you must cite the source, and in many cases, request permission to reprint or republish the image.

slide example - use of image from web

Example of credit for graphic found online.

Do I need to include citations for materials in the public domain?

If you include unchanged text, images, or tables from a source in the public domain (such as the DHHS guidelines), cite the source.

Example of table from public domain source

Example of a appropriate citation.

second example from public domain

Example of a appropriate citation.

What if I use the whole slide set?

Acknowledgement of the presentation's author should in the presentation.

attribution page

What is the appropriate format for citing slides from the AETC NCRC website?