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Medical Images

This guide contains resources to help you locate medical images.


When using image or illustrations in your presentations, class matierals, papers, and other educational purposes, it is important to cite these images and give credit to the creators.

On the page for an image, or the website in general if you cannot find the information, look for:

  • The title or description of the image
  • Contributor (e.g. artist, photographer, username, etc.)
  • Publisher or sponsor
  • Location or website title
  • URL
  • Date of publication
  • Date you retrieved the image

How to create a citation for an image, infographic, slideshow, or other visual works in the styles most relevant to biomedical educational purposes.

APA 7th Edition:

Last name, Initials. (Date). Image title [Format]. Site Name or Museum, Location. URL

In-text Citation:  (Last name, Year)

MLA 8th Edition:

Last name, First name (if available). "Image Title." Site Name. Institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), Date (if available), URL. Date of access.

In-Text Citation: see link

AMA 11th Edition:

Last name First initials. Image title or Organization responsible. Site Name. Published or updated date. Accessed date. URL

In-text Citation: superscripts, see link for more information

Citation Styles

There are so many citation styles, how do you decide which one to use? There are two ways. First, ask your professor which style s/he prefers. If your professor has no preference, employ the second method: decide by discipline. 
  • APA: Psychology, education, and the social sciences. 
  • MLA: Humanities, arts, and literature. 
  • AMA: Biological sciences, medical sciences, and health sciences. 
  • Turabian: Multidisciplinary, designed for use by college students. 
  • Chicago: For "real-world" subject matter appearing in non-scholarly publications, e.g., magazines, newspapers, popular books, etc. 
For more information on these styles, click the linked text or the dropdown menu above. 

APA 7th Reference Style

APA 7th Referencing Style for images from a website, infographics, photographs, stock images/clip art, and Instagram photos. 

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