The two things to remember when accessing online resources are: 1. Is it a reliable and up to date source? and 2. What copyright conditions apply to using the content?
The principle for avoiding copyright is this: don’t use what isn’t yours! More specifically, if you can imagine that someone went to a lot of trouble to create something like an article, academic paper, diagram, photograph or book, then using that without permission is, in effect, stealing from them.
Fortunately, the Internet provides us with copious amounts of free or copyright granted web resources. From Photos and templates, to video and illustrations. And these resources can be highly valuable to your writing.
Sources I can recommend are:
Storyblocks: While there is an annual subscription, this resource has a very large library of photos and video footage for your learning resource creation.
Unsplash: This is a completely free source of high quality photographs and illustrations.
We’ll share more in the Moodle resources attached to this course.