To prepare the lecture material. I use the book, my own slides, but I also take a few slides from MIT or other top universities open courses.
What is the best way to give credit?
I must provide source information on each slide?
Or Is it better to enlist all the resources/citations in the first/final slide?

  • Do as you'd expect your students to do; set an example.
    – user2768
    Apr 2, 2020 at 8:49
  • I downvoted this answer because it does not provide an explanation that helps the OP and other readers understand why this is a useful answer.
    – Bryan Krause
    Apr 3, 2020 at 18:57
  • @BryanKrause Isn't it obvious? Setting an example is a known concept. Elaborating would surely be condescending.
    – user2768
    Apr 4, 2020 at 10:01
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    Clearly is it not obvious, as someone felt the need to person asked the question. This answer does not provide concrete guidance to the OP.
    – eykanal
    Apr 5, 2020 at 2:36
  • @eykanal I never suggested my answer nor the question was obvious (indeed, someone felt the need to...ask). The motivation behind my answer seems obvious. Others seemingly like my answer, since it was the top-voted answer (but has now been removed by administrators), so I presume some were happy with it.
    – user2768
    Apr 6, 2020 at 7:39

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Do you include the slides verbatim (e.g., by copying a pdf or image into your slides), or do you just base your slides on those other slides in the same way in which you might base them on a textbook?

In the first case, I think that a note on that slide (on the first slide, if you copy several slides in a row) is mandatory – probably not only a reference, but a copyright notice.

In the second case, I'd include the reference in a bibliography section, like for other journal papers or textbooks that you base your slides on. If I can avoid it, I prefer not to clutter every slide with details that are irrelevant for understanding the content.

  • I am doing the second case
    – Mohaqiq
    Apr 4, 2020 at 4:35
  • @MBK Then it's one reference out of many, so treat it the same way as, say, a textbook.
    – Uwe
    Apr 4, 2020 at 12:42

What is the best way to give credit?

Apply the same rules you'd use for slides presented at an academic event. Personally, I'd include source information in a footnote on each slide.

  • I ask them to cite at the end. The reason I like to put at the end because I want a clear screen to write on the slides during the online lecture. But I feel putting on each slide is is more appropriate.
    – Mohaqiq
    Apr 2, 2020 at 8:54
  • Did you mean to post two answers? Apr 2, 2020 at 14:37
  • @AzorAhai Yes, they're distinct
    – user2768
    Apr 2, 2020 at 15:51
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    It is strange to give two different answers. Either they two pieces of advice are compatible, or they are incompatible. If compatible, they could be combined into one answer which explains both pieces of advice. If incompatible, that raises doubt about both answers as it is unclear whether you hold the opinion that that answer is the correct one. Apr 2, 2020 at 16:59
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    @user2768 This appears to have been covered on meta before here and the answer is that having a single answer is preferred instead of two answers. I asked on meta here (but then noticed the other question and closed as duplicate) Apr 3, 2020 at 17:03

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