Referencing Images In Dissertation Sample

This page will help you cite images. Be sure to keep track of the basic information needed for citing images:

  • Creator name(s)

  • Title of work

  • Creation date

  • Materials and dimensions

  • Location of work (museum, repository, collection, et cetera)

If you found the image in a book or periodical, you will need to cite the book's or magazine's information.  See examples below.

If you found the image on the web or in an online database, you will need to cite the database name, URL, identifying file number for the image, and date of access.  See examples below.

Your instructor may require you to use a specific style manual; consult the manual for the proper format of your citation.

 

Some examples:

Chicago Style citation, work of art:

Chihuly, Dale, Olive Macchia with Cadmium Yellow Lip Wrap, 1992.  Brown glass and gold leaf, 19 inches high. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton.

Chicago Style citation, from an image database:

Monet, Claude. View of the Sea at Sunset, 1870-1874. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. http://www.artstor.org/ (accessed September 1, 2009).

MLA Style citation, work of art:

Chihuly, Dale. Olive Macchia with Cadmium Yellow Lip Wrap. 1992. Brown glass and gold leaf. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton.

MLA Style citation, from an image database:

Monet, Claude. View of the Sea at Sunset.1870-1874. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. ARTstor. Web. 1 Sept. 2009.

MLA Style citation, image found in book:

Louis, Morris. Saraband. 1959. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Art Since 1900. By Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh. New York : Thames & Hudson Inc., 2004. 440. Painting.

APA Style citation, work of art:

Chihuly, D. (Artist). (1992). Olive Macchia with Cadmium Lip Wrap [Glasswork]. Dayton, Ohio; Dayton Art Institute.

APA Style citation, from an image database:

Monet, C. (Artist). (1870-1874). View of the Sea at Sunset [Image of Painting]. Dayton, Ohio; Dayton Art Institute. Retrieved September 1, 2009, from http://library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=8D1Efjk2NzkvKzU7alN7R3IiWHwrew%3D%3D&zoomparams=

Turabian citation (in note), work of art:

1. Dale Chilhuly, Olive Macchia with Cadmium Lip Wrap, brown glass and gold leaf, 1992, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton.

Turabian citation (in note), from an image database:

1. Claude Monet, View of the Sea at Sunset (1870-1874). ARTstor. JPEG file. www.artstor.org, image ID AMICO_BOSTON_103834117 (accessed 1 September 2009).

What should be included:

Where you include any images in your essay, thesis or work, you can describe them as figures. You will need to include them in reference.

  • Figures need to be numbered e.g. Figure 1. or Fig.1 or Figs. 1,2,3. and captioned (described),  place caption directly under the image.
  • Number all Figures in the order they first appear in the text. 
  • Figures must be referred to in the main body of the text.
  • Refer to them in the text by their number.


In-text citations should include the author/artist/designer and date.

The Reference List should include the author/artist/designer, date, title, format, publisher, viewed date and <URL>.

Example image with caption:


Figure 1: RMIT buildings - Brunswick Campus by Margund Sallowsky, RMIT University, 2006.

In-text:

Figure 1. (Margund Sallowksy 2006) captures the inventive building design at Brunswick Campus

Reference list:

Sallowksy, M 2006, RMIT buildings - Brunswick Campus, digital image, RMIT University, viewed 12 January 2012, <http://mams.rmit.edu.au/weixddjbxxs81.JPG>.

 

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