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Quick Guide to Citing Images

Images or pictures that you use in a presentation or in research papers must be cited.

Any items obtained from the web or scanned from a print source should be attributed to the owner of the copyrighted work. This includes photographs, paintings, or other works of art, tables, graphs, and other illustrations from primary or secondary source materials. Images from royalty free clip art, such as the clip art available in Microsoft Word or Power Point, do not need to be cited.

As a general rule, the following elements are needed in the citation:

  • artist's name, if known
  • title of image, if known (if not use a description)
  • institution where held, if known
  • title of article or book if applicable
  • author of article or book if applicable
  • title and date of journal if applicable
  • database name if applicable
  • date of access if online
  • date of publication if originally from print material
  • URL if applicable

Example using APA Style

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). (1996). Morphing embryos: human embryo. Retrieved March 18 2004 from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/odyssey/clips/

Images from royalty free clip art, such as the clip art available in Microsoft Word or Power Point, do not need to be cited.