You are working on an assignment for a class, you find a picture that's perfect for your presentation, you copy and paste it into your slideshow, you're all set because you found it on the internet, right? WRONG. You need to create a citation for that image just as you would for a journal article.
We understand that determining whether or not you can use an image (and in what capacity) can be difficult, that is why we are here to help. To understand how/what images you can use you must learn these four terms: copyright, fair use, creative commons, and public domain. Look at the pages in this research guide for definitions and/or and examples of each.
Here are some helpful tips for working with images found online:
Images follow a different citation style than other kinds of text-based works (like books and articles) but do still need to be cited. Just giving a hyperlink to where you found an image online is NOT enough. In your Works Cited, you'll want to include as much of the information below as you can:
An MLA citation for a work of art will typically look like this:
Artist or username. Title. Date the image was created. Medium. Museum, City. Database name or title of site, URL. Date of access.
Chagall, Marc. Village Street. 1930s. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, www.mfa.org/collections/object/village-street-34267. Accessed 1 Oct. 2014.
An example from a database:
Chagall, Marc.The Yellow Room. 1911. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Artstor, library.artstor.org/library/secure/ViewImages?id=%2FThWdC8hIywtPygxFTx5RngtU3IqeFo%3D&userId=hzZAfDkg&zoomparams=. Accessed 21 Sept. 2016.
To cite this LibGuide use the following templates:
APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. Retrieved from URL
MLA: Northern Essex Community College Library. "Title of Page." Title of LibGuide, Date updated, URL.