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Finding Images in Architecture, Art & Design: Image Citations and Fair Use

This guide will help to find, use and cite images for research and study in architecture, art and design.

Best Practice for Citations

Start by asking your professor what citation style is appropriate for the course. The following examples are all in MLA style.

Captions and bibliographic citations need to be created when documenting an image. You should write a descriptive caption indicating the source of the image when it appears within your text, with more detailed information in your bibliography.  

Basic information necessary for citing images of works:

  • Artist
  • Title
  • Date
  • Location/Repository
  • Material/medium
  • Dimensions (if applicable)

For example: Van Gogh, Vincent. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29x36 1/4in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Online Resources for Citation Management

Bibliographic management software help organize references and bibliographies: to import references from electronic databases and the web, and to build a bibliography according to selected styles. 

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