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Images: a guide to finding visual resources: Citing

Quick overview of searching for images in the databases Cornell University Library has built or licenses, as well as collections on the open web.

General Caption

Image: Edward Penfield poster of Cornell athlete, dated 1908
Creator: Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925 -- Artist
Date : 1908
Image Caption: Cornell
Source: New York Public Library Digital Gallery

MLA 8th Edition

Image: Edward Penfield poster of Cornell athlete, dated 1908

Fig. 1. Penfield, Edward. Cornell. 1908. New York Public Library,


Image: Edward Penfield poster of Cornell athlete, dated 1908

Penfield, E. (1908). Cornell [Poster]. New York Public Library Art and Architecture Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. (Posters. New York, 1890s-1907. / E. Penfield, Leaf 62). Retrieved from New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

Citing images

Cornell's Code of Academic Integrity covers images. It's important always to cite the work of others.

There are many different ways to cite an image. On the left is one image from an image database, cited according to just a few of the standard formats.

image: hand pointing to the left

It's important to check style guides to be sure you're citing images properly.

Here are some excellent guides that explain the finer subtleties:

Style Guides & Citation Help at Cornell

If you're unsure about where to find style guides, try these:


  • Zotero Bib is a great, quick tool for managing citations...or the full Zotero
  • The Cornell University Library Citation Management team can help you navigate the ins & outs of citation management software.
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