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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

thumbnail image of 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

thumbnail image of Edward Penfield poster of Cornell athlete, dated 1908

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


Cornell Digital ID: 1131286. New York Public Library

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:

And a comprehensive citation tool: Cite Source (Developed by Trinity College in Hartford, CT).

Style Guides & Citation Help at Cornell

If you're unsure about where to find style guides, we have guides for those, too.

Chicago Manual of Style Online (Cornell patrons only)

Cornell's MLA Citation Guide

Cornell's APA Citation Guide

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Print Examples Guide | OWL MLA Electronic Examples Guide
        and a nice, explanatory post on the APA Style Blog

When you're stuck, you can always ask a librarian.

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