Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 12, 2017     Views: 1517

Citing an image in APA 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. You must also include the URL where the image can be found preceded by the words "Retrieved from ... " at the end of the citation.

The basic format for citing an image in APA style is:

Creator, F. M. (Date created). Title of image in italics [ image's media - photograph, painting, outdoor mural]. Retrieved Month Day Year, from

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Swanbrow, D. (2008). A happiness ranking of 97 nations [table]. Retrieved January 21, 2010, from

Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License from: The University of Rhode Island University Libraries (25 August 2016). Citing Correctly and Avoiding Plagiarism: APA Format, 6th Edition. Retrieved from

If there is no creator listed for the image, you can start with the title of the image.

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

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For more information about citing images in APA Style, please visit our APA 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 APA Style.

Video Tutorials: APA (6th Ed.) Research Paper Basics (Full Playlist)

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

These web resources may be helpful if you need additional information about citing sources in APA 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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