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How do I cite an image?


General image citation rules you would use in a paper include basic information you can use for an online citation. First, establish which citation style is required for your course (MLA, APA, AP, CSE, etc.). Follow all citation guidelines provided by the instructor or use a reliable citation guide such as Owl Purdue's or Diane Hacker's online style guides.


If the instructor did not indicate the citation style, a good rule of advice is the following:


Artwork found on the Internet

Provide the artist's name, the work of art italicized, the date of creation, the institution and city where the work is housed. Follow this initial entry with the name of the Website in italics, the medium of publication, and the date of access.

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Museo National del Prado. Web. 22 May 2006.

Other Images

Username. Title of Image. Name of Site. Date of Posting/Revision. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sometimes found in copyright statements). Medium of publication. Date of access.

brandychloe. Great Horned Owl Family.Flckr.22 May 2006. Creative Commons. Web. 12 Oct. 2009.

This source came courtesy from the Stony Brook University Library Research and Subject Guides.


An Example of a Creative Commons Attribution Citation


Mist Lifting off Cedars / dj @ oxherder arts / CC BY-NC-SA


This source came courtesy from the Stony Brook University Library Research and Subject Guides.


Image from Google Images

How do you cite a Google image?  Simple. You do not. 


Google Images is a search for images. The search does not own images. Care must be taken to find the original owner of the image. In Google Images, there is a link to the right of the image that says "Visit Page." Sometimes this link goes to a page that does not identify origination, creator, name or owner of image. If there isn't enough information to cite an image, locate a more credible image. 


More simply, trying to cite an image found on Google Images is the same as citing Google for a website located using the Google search. Google finds items but does not own, have authority, create, or hold the resource. It simply finds them unless the URL contains Google.com or is affiliated clearly with Google.


The above is from State College of Florida's citation guide.






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