Beware Of Copyright And Fair Use Laws

copyright and fair useRecently we wrote about avoiding plagiarism when writing in your blog posts and posting things on social media.  In an article from GCF Learn Free, we learn even more about avoiding plagiarism by reading about copyright and fair use.

It’s important to cite, quote and use various sources when you write, but depending on what types of sources you use, you may have to consider copyright and fair use laws. For example, if you want to use someone’s photo for your blog or social media posts, you need to make sure you have the legal right to do it.

Check out GCF Learn Free’s tutorial to make sure that you are not breaking any laws when you post for your dental business or any business.  You can find the tutorial here: Use Information Correctly: Copyright and Fair Use.

Create an Infographic for Your Dental Practice

You have probably seen infographics all over the internet.  They are graphics that are arranged with text and images that convey information in 29265796-modern-infographics-options-banner-with-light-bulb-made-of-colorful-sheets-vector-can-be-used-for-wea quick and creative manner. Because they are easy to skim and easy to share, they are a powerhouse for the social media world. You can create an infographic for your dental practice website or blog in just a few easy steps.

First, gather the data. You may have your own data gathered from your patients or from studies you have conducted, or you may be using someone else’s data, in which case, make sure you cite it at the end of the infographic. Gather all the data into one place so you can review it and decide how you want to format it.

Next, choose your format. You can use design programs such as InDesign or Photoshop if you have them, but a program as simple as PowerPoint will work great for your infographic.  You can even find free templates on the internet that make the process as easy as inserting your information and adjusting the fonts.  Information should be tightly, but cleanly packed to make it easy to view. Choose fonts that are creative and interesting, but also readable.  One or two fonts is good, don’t go overboard as too many different fonts will look cluttered and messy.14481343-infographics-elements-with-icons-medicine-and-pharmacy-theme-for-business-and-finance-reports-statis

The next step is to add your content. Keep in mind what information will be most relevant to your readers and keep it interesting and useful. Choose images that relate to the text you are including.  You can find free images on clipart websites or other sites on the internet.

Lastly, post your infographic. When it is completely finished and you have proofread it, it’s time to publish it. If you are using PowerPoint, you can select all the elements and click Ctrl + A to group it all together.  You can publish it on your blog or website and share it through Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

A Dentists Guide To Creating An Infographic | DentalTown