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 enables 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 component contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture. (ACRL, Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 2011)
Consider these guidelines when selecting images for a scholarly project or paper.