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Finding & Using Images

Recommendation on where to find images for projects and how to cite them in MLA.

Citing an Image from the Web

Format: Author(s). “Title of Image.” Title of Website in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), Date of Publication/Posting, URL.

Example: “Kim Kardashian.” Vanity Fair, Condé Nast, 11 Jan. 2004,

Example 2: Lange, Dorothea. "Migrant Mother." Prints & Photographs Reading Room Collection, Library of Congress, 11 Jan. 2004,

Example (No Title): Penguin sitting on rock. National Geographic, Accessed 9 Feb. 2021.

Example (Artwork): Van Gogh, Vincent. The Starry Night. 1889. MoMALearning, Museum of Modern Art, Accessed 9 Feb. 2021.

*Note: For images without titles, create a descriptive title in plain text – no italics, no quotes. Capitalize only the first word and any proper nouns.
*Note: Italicize titles of formal art work and include the date of creation after the title with a period. The Starry Night. 1889.
*Note: Include an accessed date at the end if no date of publication/posting is available.
*Note: Image URLs should be from the actual website that hosts the image. Be careful with this. If you use Google or another search engine to find the image, if you copy the URL it may give you Google's search URL rather than the actual URL of the image's website.

Citing an Image from a Database

Format: Creator(s). "Title of Image." Title of Source (if given), Publisher, Date, Database Name.

Example: Johnson, Clinton. "Boston Street Scene." Library of Congress, 1895, Credo Reference.

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