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BIO 205IN - Northwest - Microbiology: Outline/PowerPoint/Citing

Guide to aid with researching various topics in Microbiology.

Sample Outline

More on PowerPoint Presenting

PowerPoint presenting is an effective way to showcase subject knowledge and your research. Also, do not hesitate to visit any one of the PCC writing labs and tutors for help.


  • Keep it simple.
  • Limit the number of words per line and lines per slide. (6 words per line and no more than 6 lines per slide: 6x6). 
  • Do not read your slides. Your PowerPoint should act as cue cards for your presentation.
  • Make sure to add images when appropriate to your slides. (Images can enhance your presentation as long as you don't overdo it. Too many can be too distracting.)
  • Keep it clean.

See the links below slides from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab PowerPoint tutorial:

Before You Start

Designing an Effective PowerPoint

Design Principles

Where Do I Start?

For an introduction to designing and delivering presentations using PowerPoint or other slide presentation software or platforms click here for the research guide: 

Presentations: PowerPoint and Beyond.

See the video clip below for an entertaining introduction on the pitfalls to avoid in presentation design:

Present Like Steve Jobs