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.
MLA Citation Style
MLA Style (MLA's web site)
Provides some FAQ's; however, this site does not provide the full style manual online.
MLA Style Manual. (Olin Reference PN147 .G444 2008)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.)
Olin LB2369 .G53 2016 (located at the Reference Desk)
Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab) MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Examples for how to cite an image using the MLA Style, from the Colgate University Visual Resources Library
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.
William Blake (British, London 1757–1827 London). Songs of Innocence: Title Page, ca. 1825. Relief etching printed in orange-brown ink and hand-colored with watercolor and gold. Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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.