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"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 individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture (Visual Literacy Standards Task Force, ACRL, 2011)." - International Visual Literacy Association
Types of Visualizations and What They're Good For
Find Royalty Free Images
Make sure your visualizations contain images that are free to use. The links below offer a number of royalty free images.
"Artstor is the most extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use
We bring together media from the world’s museums, archives, scholars, and artists, with a specialized suite of tools for teaching and learning with visual materials — all rights-cleared for education and research."
Artstor Copyright Checkpoint
"Copyright Checkpoint is Artstor's new tool (currently in Beta) for evaluating the copyright status of different types of materials such as books, images, audio recordings, and more. You can use this tool with images that you would like to work with to understand if they are in the public domain or under copyright."
CTL's List of Image Links
Two and a half pages of links to sites of images, compiled by Centre College's Centre for Teaching and Learning.
When you search using Google Images, you may sort your results by usage rights. Click on the "tool" drop down menu and select "labeled for reuse" to find images available for use.
Library of Congress
Much of the Library of Congress digital collection is in the public domain. Each month they highlight a new collection that is free to use.
Smithsonian Open Access
Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
A collection of free to use media files.
Digital Scholarship Librarian