When you're writing about an image or multimedia piece in a paper or presentation, you should provide the following pieces of information in the caption and in the bibliography...if you have a list of works of art cited:
If you're just referring to the piece in your paper, use
the first time you mention it, and just the creator and title thereafter.
The College Art Association has a series of guidelines (based on the Chicago Manual of Style) for image captions.
Chicago Manual of Style Citation Style
The Quick Guide answers some of the most frequently-asked questions about the Chicago citation style.
The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.)
Olin Library Ref Z253 .M69 2010 (located at the Olin Reference Desk)
The Purdue Online Writing Lab gives excellent examples (for footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies) on how to cite using the Chicago citation style: books, periodicals, web sources, film & television, and much more.
Examples for how to cite an image using the Chicago Style, from the Colgate University Visual Resources Library
Image: David Falconer. "When the Major Home Oil Dealer Ran Out of Fuel a Special Board Was Activated..." 1973. U.S. National Archives on Flickr Commons.
You'll find many references in the course of your research. Make sure you keep track of what you find! The library offers some great tools to help, such as Zotero. Both Mann Library and Olin & Uris Libraries offer workshops in using Zotero.
The next one is on SEPT. 22: Introduction to Research Management with Zotero.
Avoid Plagiarism: Give credit where credit is due. By properly citing the sources you use in your research projects you are both identifying the resources that you used to complete your work and you are formally acknowledging the authors or creators of those resources.
Please read the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity.