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MLA Style (9th ed.)


The Basics

If you are referring or describing an image, but not reproducing the image in your paper, you still need to include a citation in your Works Cited page and provide the in-text citation. This helps your readers to find the image you are referring to if they want to see it. When reproducing the image in your assignment, apply the guidelines outlined under Tables and Illustrations.



Works Cited (Citing Images Not Reproduced)

In-Text Citation

From library database

Barton, Rose. Going to the Levee. 1897. Artstor,


From a website

Brooke, Gordon Kneale. Rawcliffe near Goole, Royal Oak. 2006. Wikimedia Commons,,


From a book

de la Bedoyere, Camilla. Art Nouveau. Flame Tree Publishing, 2005.

(de la Bedoyere)

Your professor may have different citing expectations than library staff. Always check at the beginning of term and before starting assignments that the citing rules you are using are appropriate for your class.