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Finding and (Re)Using Digital Images and Media

Citing images

Digital media is sometimes challenging to cite -- no matter how up-to-date, your style guide will not have a citation style for every possibility. And having a perfectly formatted citation is not helpful if it does not point back to the creator as close as possible to the source. Feel free to ask a librarian if you ever have questions.

Here are some excellent guides that explain the finer subtleties:

And a comprehensive citation tool: Cite Source (Developed by Trinity College in Hartford, CT, developed through a CTW Mellon Grant for Information Literacy).
Here's the example it gives for citing artwork in the Chicago Style (pdf)

General Caption

Cornell Digital ID: 1131286. New York Public Library
Creator: Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925 -- Artist
Date : 1908
Image Caption: Cornell
Source: New York Public Library Digital Gallery

MLA 8th Edition

Cornell Digital ID: 1131286. New York Public Library

Fig. 1. Penfield, Edward. Cornell. 1908. New York Public Library,


Cornell Digital ID: 1131286. New York Public Library

Penfield, E. (1908). Cornell [Poster]. New York Public Library Art and Architecture Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. (Posters. New York, 1890s-1907. / E. Penfield, Leaf 62). Retrieved from New York Public Library Digital Gallery.