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Art Citation Guide

Use this guide to find out how to cite art, images, & figures

Citing Digital Images

When you find an image

  • A little investigative work will be needed
  • It’s hard to go backwards with only an image.
  • Make sure you note as much as you can when you find the image.
  • You'll need the who, what, & where of your image.
  • The reverse image search on Tineye.com sometimes helps find an original owner of an image. 

Collect INFO

  • Title OR Description (When there is no title, create a description i.e. man holding a banana)
  • Contributor (can be a username, author, handle, artist, photographer, post creator, or corporation)
  • Website title
  • Publisher/Sponsor (Twitter, Facebook, Giphy, Getty Images, tumblr, FLICKR, Instagram, YouTube, Google Images, etc.).
  • URL (web address)
  • Date Published (When was it taken, created, uploaded, copyrighted, or updated?) OR (No date, Use n.d.)
  • Date Viewed/Accessed

Generate a Citation

EasyBib: MLA8

Example:

@Contributer. “Title or Description of Image.” The Website Title, Publisher, 26 Mar. 2016, https://www.yourURL.com/.

Find the info for Google Images

  1. When you find an image on Google, click once on that image.
  2. A new window will open. The image will appear with a column next to it. At the top of the column is a link titled "Website for this Image".
  3. Click on that link and it will take you to the website of that image.
  4. Once you are on that website, follow the directions above for finding information about an image on a website.

Gould Library's Citing Social Media

Tumblr

MLA 7th ed.

Username. "First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)..." Title of Tumblr blog, Day month year posted, time posted (if available), URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Oscr, 18 Apr 2013, 1:28 PM, libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week

APA 6th ed.

Title of Tumblr blog. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)… [Tumblr post]. Retrieved from URL

Oscr. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week… [Tumblr post]. Retrieved from http://libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week

Chicago 16th ed.

Username. Tumblr post. Month day, year posted (time posted, if available). URL.

libechillbro. Tumblr post. April 18, 2013 (1:28 PM). http://libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week

Instagram post

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day month year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013, instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/.

APA 6th ed.

handle. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Instagram post (if any)... [Instagram post]. Retrieved from URL

libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week… [Instagram post]. Retrieved from https://instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Instagram post. Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Instagram post. April 18, 2013. https://instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/

 

Facebook post (use this format for a Google+ or Renren post also)

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or username or page name]. "first several words of a facebook post..." Facebook, Day month year posted, time posted [if available], URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook, 18 Apr 2013, facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Facebook post... [Facebook update]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week...  [Facebook post]. Retrieved from http://facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname. Facebook post. Month day, year posted. URL

Penguin, Oscar. Facebook post. April 18, 2013. http://facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067

SoundCloud (or other online audio)

MLA 7th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." Publishing Website, Day month year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats" SoundCloud, 18 Apr 2013 www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (Year, month day posted). Title of audio track. [Audio file]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Root Beer Floats. [Audio file]. Retrieved from http://www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." SoundCloud audio, length of audio track, Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." SoundCloud audio, 2:35, April 18, 2013. http://www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats

Twitter

MLA 8th ed.

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter, Day month year posted, time posted, URL.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, 18 June 2013, 4:39 PM, twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366.

APA 6th ed.

@handle. (Year, month day posted). Full text of tweet. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from URL

@libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon.  [Twitter post]. Retrieved from http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Twitter post. Month day, year (time posted). URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Twitter post. April 18, 2013 (1:28 PM). http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366

YouTube video (or other online video)

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website, Day month year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, 18 Apr 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28.

For more detail, see the MLA guide for videos on websites.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (Year, month day posted). Title of YouTube Video. [Video file]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Root Beer Floats. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." YouTube video, length of video, Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube video, 0:35, April 18, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28