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Images and Visual Literacy: Home

Images and Visual Literacy

We know that images are a big part of your day-to-day lives. You carry a camera around with you everyday in your smart phone. People post and share images on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. It seems like images are everywhere and are up for grabs for anyone to use them however they like. But, images are actually copyright protected, which means that you need to do a little work to figure out which images you can legally use.

That's why this guide is here: to help you learn how to easily find images that you can use and how to give credit to the creators of those images.

Best Bets

If you're short on time, here are some best practices for using images:

  • Use as a starting point for your image search
  • A fan of Google Images? Use advanced search and choose the appropriate usage rights for your purposes.
  • Consider ARTstor for images of art, architecture, photography, fashion, and more from worldwide museums and libraries for educational purposes.
  • Never assume that you can use an image without permission
  • Give credit to the creator, always cite the image


Image Maker

PublicDomainArchive. "Camera Photography Vintage SLR." Photograph. Pixabay. Pixabay, 22 Mar. 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.

Your Friendly Librarians

This guide was created by Catherine Medeot. It is still a work in progress, please feel free to email us suggestions for inclusion.

How to cite an image

Keeping up with Visual Literacy

A great article about visual literacy and higher ed.

" Images differ from texts in unique ways, and working with them effectively requires deliberate learning and practice."

Keeping up with...Visual Literacy