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Visual Literacy: Getting Started

A guide to help you locate and cite images & media, and understand copyright & fair use.

Visual Literacy and Critical Thinking

Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate student is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.

It is essential to use and cite images correctly when you include them in your research and writing. These tutorials will help you to find the images you are looking for and to use them correctly.

 

"Visual Literacy and Critical Thinking." YouTube, uploaded by Toledo Museum of Art, 18 February 2015, https://www.youtube.com/embed/2jR8zWqyHBY

Recommended Visual Literacy Media

Recommended Visual Literacy Books

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