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Open access resources

a selection of freely available, quality resources which may be useful to you.

How do you interpret and analyse an image?

Images should be evaluated like any other source, such as journal articles or books, to determine their quality, reliability, and appropriateness.

Content analysis  

  • What do you see?
  • What is the image about?

Image source

  • Where did you find the image?
  • What information does the source provide about the origins of the image?
  • Is the source reliable and trustworthy?
  • Was the image found in an image database, or was it being used in another context to convey meaning?


Images made available under a Creative Commons licence, or images which are in the public domain, can be used for educational purposes without infringing copyright.

Public domain images

When a work is in the public domain, it means the copyright has expired or the creator has dedicated it to the public domain.
Websites like Pixabay , Pexels and Unsplash offer free, searchable public domain images.