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Art: Images & Online Collections

A general research guide about art for students at UW Bothell and Cascadia College.

Recommended image databases

drawing by Margret Marks, woman with cat, yellow background

Mrs Rundel; a half length woman cradling a cat in her arms. Estate of margret marks © The Trustees of the British Museum. Shared under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 

Art Collections on the Web

Citing Images

Images must be cited like all other resources. If you use an image you did not create, you must provide a citation. Images should be cited in all cases, even if the image is very small, or in the public domain. The citation should be accessible in the context of the image's use (within a Powerpoint presentation, on a web page, in a paper, etc.).

Image citations should include the following information at a minimum:

  • Title
  • Creator name
  • Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution)
  • Image source (database, website, book, postcard, vendor, etc.)
  • Date accessed

It is also useful to include date, culture, and rights information, if known.

Image citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using.

For specific examples according to MLA format, see the entry for Paintings, Sculptures & Photographs provided by the OWL at Purdue.

For specific examples according to Chicago Style, see the Citing Images - Chicago Style (Colgate University).

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