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Art 112 : 2D Design - Professor Cardoso: Citing Images using MLA Format

This guide was created to help students in 2D Design with Practice 2.

Citation Examples for Images in MLA7 format

MLA7 (Modern Language Association) citations for online images include the following elements:

  • Image artist (Last name, first name)
  • Image title
  • Image date
  • Image location
  • Medium
  • Website and/or Database name
  • Date of access, if online

MLA7 (Modern Language Association) citations for print images include the following elements:

  • Image artist (Last name, first name)
  • Image title
  • Image date
  • Image location
  • Book tiltle
  • Book author (Last name, first name)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Page
  • Medium

Image from ARTstor (Library Database) 

Cassatt, Mary. The Boating Party. 1893-1894. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. ARTstor. Web. 14 April 2011.


Image found freely on the web 

Rousseau, Henri. The Ship in the Storm. 1896. Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris. The Archive. Web. 15 April 2011. 


Image reproduced in a printed source

Renoir, Auguste.  A Dance in the Country. 1883. Musee D'Orsay, Paris. Paintings in the Musee D'Orsay by Robert Rosenblum. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1989. 430. Print.


MLA (Modern Language Association) parenthetical (in-text) citations for  images include the following elements:

  • Label (Fig. [Figure] and title above image). (Number Figures consecutively.)
  • The word Source:followed by bibliographic citation below image. (Repeat citation in Works Cited.)


Parenthetical citation for an image

Fig. 1. Triple Self-Portrait "Post Cover"

Source: Rockwell, Norman. Triple Self-Portrait "Post Cover" 1960. University of California, San Diego, CA. ARTstor. Web. 15 April 2011.


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