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Art 105: Citing

Ancient Art and Architecture of Latin America (Torres)

Why Cite Sources?

Any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself must be properly credited to avoid plagiarism.  

Citing information sources acknowledges the origin of your information and it provides support and credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research.

citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image.  It typically includes enough identifying information, such as the author, title, date,  publication format, etc.

More about citing sources.


MLA Style Guides

Citing Images in MLA Format


Citing an image from ARTstor:

Lawrence, Jacob. Sedation. 1950, Museum of Modern Art, New York. ARTstor,        

Mexico; Olmec. Eagle Transformation Figure, Front View. 10th-6th B.C.E., Metropolitan 

Museum of Art, New York. ARTstor.

Citing an image in a gallery or museum:

Rivera, Diego. Pan American Unity. 1940, fresco. City College of San Francisco.

Citing an image from a book:

Su Hui. View of Yan’an and the Lu Xun Academy. circa 1939, private collection.Art and

Artists of Twentieth Century China, by Michael Sullivan, U of California P, 1996, p. 101. 

Citing an image from an article:

Winkfield, Trevor. The Poet. 2000, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York. "Against Improvisation."

Art in America, by Raphael Rubinstein, vol. 103, no. 5, 2015, p. 49.

Citing an image from a museum website:

Crawling Baby. 1200–900 B.C., Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Fine Arts Museum of

San Francisco, Accessed 21 Nov. 2017.

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