Intro to Images
Digital images can be found in so many places, but art scholars need high quality images from reputable sources to do their best work. Just because an image appears on the internet, does not mean it is a true representation of the original image. Often images can be cropped, presented in detail, appropriated, and altered in ways that make them inaccurate from their original state.
Start your search for images first by using the databases to the upper right. These databases hold millions of high quality images from reputable sources. If your search does not yield results, contact a librarian for other ways to find your image. Images can often be located in books on the shelf and can then be scanned and used for educational purposes.
Buch von den Erfindern der Dinge, Augsburg. Workshop of Hyperbios
(The Greek Hyperbios as invertor of the potter's wheel). woodcut, 1537
Image courtesy of Universal Images Group
Citation Guide Online
Check out this helpful "Citing Online Image Guide" from State College of Florida Libraries.
Below are a selection of subscription and open-access digital image databases:
Search Images from Credo - Bridgeman Image Collection
Find Images from the NY Public Library
Helpful Hints- MLA Style for Citing Images
- For images reproduced in the text:
- Have a figure number, abbreviated as "Fig. 1" for example.
- Include artist's name, title of work (italicized), date of composition, medium of the reproduction and complete publication information of the source, including page, figure or plate numbers.
- Medium of original work may be included.
- For images referenced in a text:
- Include them in Works Cited list without figure numbers.
- List artist's name, title of work (italicized), date of composition, medium and name of institution that houses the collection.
- Including URLs in citations of online resources is optional.
- Be consistent with caption display choices throughout your paper or slideshow.
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