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ENGL 1183.104: FWS: Word and Image (Fall 2017): Citations

Library research guide to accompany Cristina Correa's fall 2017 seminar

Citing Images

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:

  • creator(s)
  • title
  • year(s) of creation
  • materials or format
  • owner (such as a museum or private owner), if applicable
  • if from a digital source: date you found the work online
  • name of the Web site where you found it

If you're just referring to the piece in your paper, use

  • creator
  • title
  • year
  • materials or format

the first time you mention it, and just the creator and title thereafter.

About Creative Commons Licensing

You will occasionally find images that have been licensed for re-use under Creative Commons licenses. Learn about them and how to abide by them here.

Cite sources accurately in order to use information ethically and responsibly

MLA Citation Style

MLA Citation Style (Library Help pages)
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about 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

Cite sources: Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Style

Chicago Manual of Style online

The Quick Guide answers some of the most frequently-asked questions about the Chicago citation style.

In print:
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

Keeping track

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 Nov. 1: Managing Information with Zotero

If that's not convenient for your schedule, take a look at the full calendar.

Direct your questions about any aspect of Mendelay, Zotero or other citation management programs

Get Started wth Zotero

Download Zotero & the Word plugin

 

Blake

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.

Useful Tips

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.