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Image Use & Citation

If you use an image in your work, you must cite it. This includes papers, presentations, theses/dissertations, publications, blogs, etc. Learn to use and cite images correctly.

What Information You Need to Cite

In order to cite an image you will need some information, much like citing text.  You will need the following:

  • Creator - artist, design, photographer, illustrator, etc
  • Title of the work
  • URL of where you found the image
  • Look for a rights statement - this will tell you how you can use an image (This can change when using a copyrighted or creative commons license).

At the very least, but still do your best:

  • link back to where you found the image
  • give credit to the creator
  • follow copyright & creative commons guidelines listed

Captions appear below the image and typically begin with the abbreviation for Figure (Fig.), then followed by assigned Arabic numerals and a brief description.

An entry in the works-cited list is not necessary if an image caption provides complete information about the source, and it is the only time the source is referenced in the text.

Remember to NEVER cite Google Image as the source of an image.  You will want to find the original location of an image, by clicking on the image.

Use the drop down tabs to see how to cite images in each style.  You can always consult the Purdue Owl Writing Lab Online Research & Citation Resources.