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Finding Images: Citing Images

Citing Images

Documenting sources for images can be challenging.  Consult the most current style manual in your disciple.  You may also want to consult with your instructor.

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The Basics for Citing Images

When using an image in a paper or project, make sure to cite where you found the image. Even if images are in the public domain or allowed to be reproduced for research, teaching and private study without prior permission, most still require that the owning repository be properly credited. Any other uses, such as inclusion in a publication or other media project, require permission from the copyright holder and the owning repository. (See copyright tab)

Some basic information you will need to include in the citation :

  • Artist name
  • Title of the work
  • Date created
  • Repository, museum, or owner
  • City or Country of origin
  • Dimensions of the work
  • Material or medium such as oil on canvas, marble, found objects

If you found the image online you will need an access date, the web site address (URL) and in some cases an image ID number.


Pyxis lid with Mistress of Animals

Minet el-Beidha, Tomb III
Late Bronze Age, 13th century
Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Antiquités Orientales, AO11601