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Finding Images: a guide to using visual resources: Cite

Quick overview of searching for images at Emory's Robert W Woodruff Library and beyond

Formatting your image citations


Purdue OWL Image Citation Guide: MLA

Reed College image workstation: Provides citation help for several styles

University of California-Irvine: Comprehensive Visual Literacy LibGuide

University of California-Irvine: MLA Image Citation LibGuide

University of California-Irvine: APA Image Citation LibGuide

University of Maryland Image Citation Guide: MLA

Yale University: Comprehensive LibGuide to digital image resources

* Links above compiled by Lee Sorensen, Duke Libraries

Creating Image Citations

Citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style) - see links
The basic information you will need:

  •  Artist’s name
  • Title of the work, as given
  •  Date it was created
  •  Repository, e.g. the location of the work (museum, library or owning institution, if known);
  •  Dimensions of the work
  • Material or medium (oil on canvas, marble, found objects, etc.)
  • the source (book, journal, database, poster, or website)
  • Rights information, if known.

Thanks to Univ. of Cincinnati for providing these examples of image citations

Citing Creative Commons Images

Images licensed under the Creative Commons (CC) can be used without permission. However, CC licenses require that you attribute the creator when you re-use the image. To appropriately cite a CC licensed image, try to include the following information in your citation:

  • Title (if given)
  • Author (if given)
  • Source (if given)
  • License Type (if given)

For more help, the Creative Commons Wiki provides detailed information about attribution best practices.


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