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Being a Good (Digital) Citizen - Citing Images: Citing

Want to use images you found online in a presentation or paper? You’ll need to cite them.

Information You Will Need to Create Citations

To cite images, you will need at least some of this information (depending on what image you are citing, where it is held, the citation style you are using, etc.)

  • Name of the photographer
  • Title of work (if there is one)
  • Date created
  • Institution where it is held (if applicable)
  • City of institution (if applicable)
  • Database you used to access
  • Date accessed

Citation Tools

RefWorks: Manage - Store - Format - Cite

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RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage, store, format and cite resources used in the research process.

Why Cite?

Citing your sources is important because:

  • Giving credit (attribution) to original authors helps you avoid plagiarizing
  • Citations allow your readers to find your sources
  • Citations add credibility to your arguments
  • Your professors expect it as part of standard academic discourse

Citation Formats

Different citation formats are used by different academic disciplines.  Professors will often require a particular format, but if they have no preference these guidelines may be helpful:

  • APA - psychology, education, and other social sciences
  • MLA - literature, arts, and humanities
  • Turabian - also used often in literature, history, and the arts
  • Chicago - used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers and other non-scholarly publications

Citing Photographs in MLA