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Art and Design

Research tips and resources for art history, studio art, and design topics

Citing images and other content types

Images require citations just like articles and books, even if they are made available openly on the web! If you use an image in a presentation or paper, you need to give credit. and always credit the site from which you took the image.

A proper MLA 8 citation for an image of an original work of art taken off the internet contains the following information:

Artist’s last name, first name. Title of artwork. Date of composition. Name of institution/private collection housing artwork. Title of database or website. <URL>. Date of access.

If you are creating a less formal presentation or using an image on a blog or other online source where MLA 8 is not required, provide as much of the information as you can and always give credit to the creator/website and provide the URL for the image.