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Finding Images: Citing Images

Finding and Using Images

Citing Images

MLA Format

Creator’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of the Digital Image.” Title of the Website, First Name Last Name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL. 

Example for citing a photo from MLA 8 edition
Vasquez, Gary A. Photograph of Coach K with Team USA. 
NBC Olympics, USA Today Sports, 5 Aug. 2016,

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Museo Macional del Prado,
​            71759e417e74.

Martin, Agnes. Morning. 1965. Painting. Tate Gallery, London. Oxford Reference,

Digital Image from a Database
Creator’s last name, first name. “Title of the image.” Title of the journal or container that the image was found on, First name Last name of any other contributors responsible for the image, Version of the image (if applicable), Any numbers associated with the image (such as a volume and issue number, if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, Location. Title of the database or second container, URL or DOI number.

Example of a citation for a digital image found on a database in MLA 8:
Huanca Barrantes, Angela. “Questions and statements posted on the wall are reminders for Ms. Huanca’s students.”
             English Teaching Forum, U.S. Department of State, vol. 53, no. 2, 2015, p. 41. ERIC,

Image from Google
Last name, First name of creator. “Title” or description of the image. Title of the Website, Publisher, Date of publication, URL.


APA Format
See section 10.14 on pp. 346-347 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Note: Use these formats to cite (but not reproduce) the types of works below. To reproduce these, permission and/or a copyright attribution may be necessary in addition to the reference (see section 12.15).

Artwork in a museum or on a museum website:

Wood, G. (1930). American Gothic [Painting]. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States.

Clip art or stock image

GDJ. (2018). Neutral network deep learning prismatic [Clip art]. Openclipart.


Rossman, J., & Palmer, R. (2015). Sorting through our space junk [Infographic]. World Science Festival.


McCurry, S. (1985). Afghan girl [Photograph]. National Geographic.

Instagram photo or video

Zeit MOCAA [@zeitzmocaa]. (2018, November 26). Grade 6 learners from Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park visited museum for a tour and workshop hosted by [Photographs]. Instagram.