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Art: Reference Images and Artworks

Citing Images, Giving Attribution

When using any of the tools on this research guide, you may find yourself wondering how to cite the works. Perhaps you wish to use a reproduction of a famous work as a reference. You may also be creating an artwork, website, or PowerPoint presentation and want to simply give attribution to a Creative Commons image. Here are some methods for giving others credit. For more information on correctly citing in MLA Style for a paper, click the Citing in MLA Style tab.

Citing Artworks in Chicago Style

This image was downloaded from ARTstor for the purposes of showing how to cite an image from the database. This will show you how to correctly cite in MLA style in a paper or for a presentation. You will need the following:

  • Artist's name, if available
  • Title of Work
  • Date
  • Medium
  • Museum or Collection where it is stored or website where you found the image.

Format: Fig. 1. Artist Name, First Name. Title of Work. Date. Medium. ARTstor. ARTstor,Inc. New York, New York. Web. Date accessed. <http:///>. Digital Image.

Example to the left:


Fig. 1. Gandharan. Head of Buddah, Kushan period, late 2nd-3rd century. Phyllite. ARTstor. ARTstor, Inc. New York, New York. Web. 29 October 2015. <>. Digital Image.

This tutorial was derived from information provided by Colgate Visual Resources Library.

Example of Attribution for Creative Commons

Attribution Some rights reserved by John E. Lester

The example above uses the exact link from Flickr Creative Commons, and links back to their pages.

How do I properly attribute a Creative Commons licensed work? See the following link: