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Art Research: Cite Images

Main Research Guide for Library Resources used in Art History, Studio Art, and Visual Studies
URL: http://guides.lib.uci.edu/art

Image Citation Guide

  • How do I cite a digital image?
  • How do I cite a You Tube Video?
  • How do I provide attribution to an image I found on Creative Commons?
  • How do I cite a comic strip in MLA format?

This guide is designed to help you answer these sorts of questions. Choose the most appropriate link on the menu below to get started:

 

 

Quick Reference

Example  (MLA) image from the web

Example (APA) image from the web

Example attributed image from the web

 

 

 

 

 

Blake, William. The Ghost of a Flea. 1918. Tempera heightened with gold on mahogany. Tate Britain, London. Art Project. Google. Web. 15 Feb. 2011

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Lastname, Firstname. Title of Work. Year. Medium. Institution housing work: Location of Institution. Website name. Website sponsor. Web. Date of retrieval.

Carvaggio, M. (1606). Death of the Virgin. [Painting]. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravaggio

 

 

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Lastname, A. A. (Year of composition). Title of Work. [Format]. Place work resides

Praying Mantis by Elizabeth Swider (2010) (CC-BY 3.0)

 

 

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Try to include the following information:

  • Provide the creator of the work
  • the title
  • year(s) when it was composed/completed
  • materials involved in creating the work
  • institution that houses the work
  • date the work was retrieved
  • the website from which the work was retrieved (a hyperlink if the format allows).

Citing vs. Attribution

When to Cite

When to provide Attribution

Any images you plan to use in a scholarly work (from print or web) should be cited according to required format style (APA, MLA, etc.)

You may attribute an image/visual media source for presentations, papers, or other formats that do not require a specific publication style.