Images are all over the Internet, but they should not all be used for your research documentaries.
After you find an image online, consider these three questions to help you determine if you have the rights to use it or should trust the source enough to use it in your research.
An important component of information literacy is the ability to ethically communicate synthesized and new knowledge in order to complete an academic inquiry. Considering the rights to use a resource in your research is an important component of this skill.
Have more questions? Contact a librarian or learn more on these subject guides.
Images can be valuable primary sources for research. Just like documents they need to be carefully reviewed and analyzed before you cite them.
Questions to consider when looking at an image. (If it is an image of an object, artifact, painting, etc. ask the questions of the original item.)
After you've considered these questions ask yourself:
Considering these questions can help you identify important information about images, they can help you decide if they are valuable to your research, and can help you identify additional information you may still need to discover.
The National Archives has a useful Photo Analysis Worksheet to help you evaluate photographs.
A more detailed description of how to read and interpret images can be found in Chapter 3 of: