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Visual Literacy: Welcome

This guide will help you to find, read, cite, edit and present images.

What is Visual Literacy?



"Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media." 

In an interdisciplinary, higher education environment, a visually literate individual is able to:

• Determine the nature and extent of the visual materials needed
• Find and access needed images and visual media effectively and efficiently
• Interpret and analyze the meanings of images and visual media
• Evaluate images and their sources
• Use images and visual media effectively
• Design and create meaningful images and visual media
• Understand many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding the creation and use of images and   visual media, and access and use visual materials ethically                              

ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education 


1. The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945.

2. JonBenét Ramsey.

3. New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam by Charles C. Ebbets, 1932.

Visual Literacy Ebooks