Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 12, 2017     Views: 471

Citing an image in MLA style requires you to include much of the same information you would including in citing a print resource like author(s)/editor(s), title of image, and publication date. MLA style dictates a different citation format depending on whether the image can be found only online or not. See MLA Handbook 7th ed. page 200 (5.7.6) for additional information.

If the image can be found online and in print or another format elsewhere (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Artist/Creator. Title of the Work. Date of Creation. Institution and City where Image is Housed. Name of Website. Work's Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

If the image can only be found online:

Artist/Creator. Title of the Work. Work's Medium of Publication. Name of Website. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to an image in your class assignments and projects.


For more information about citing images in MLA Style, please visit our MLA guide or check out the resources listed below. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing images in MLA Style.

Video Tutorials: MLA (2009 Ed.) Research Paper Basics (Full Playlist)

Video tutorials on MLA style are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

MLA Citation Examples: 

Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need additional information about citing sources in MLA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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