The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

RESC 098 25: Masks and Meaning: Writing, Presenting, and Citing!

The importance of citing sources

Attributing and documenting your sources gives credit to the authors whose work you've consulted.  It helps your readers track your sources, and provides evidence for your arguments.  Attributing and documenting your sources demonstrates the authenticity of your information and recognizes the intellectual property of the authors' works you used. 

Learn more about why and when to cite your sources here.

Citing Image Sources

Whether you are using them in a paper, Power Point presentation, Prezi, or video, you must always provide a citation for your images, just as you would any other source.  Image citations are usually provided in captions, which can be reproduced in a list of illustrations or an appendix to your paper.  Sometimes, images are also cited in bibliographies and notes.  

The format of your citation will vary depending on the citation style that you have chosen to use, but it will most likely include the following information:

  • Artist's / Creator's name
  • Title of the work
  • Date the work was created
  • Current location of the work (museum or other repository)
  • Place that the work was created
  • Dimensions of the work
  • Material / Medium (oil on canvas, woodcut, etc)
  • Information about the source that you acquired the image from

Most citation style manuals will contain information about how to properly cite images.  For examples of image citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA format, take a look at the following resources: 

Copyright Information

Individuals are widely responsible for not only finding the images used in their published works but also for securing copyright permission to use them.  Here is the Library & IT guide to copyright information along with other copyright information.