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Writing and Citing: APA 7th Edition: Images

A guide to help users create citations using American Psychological Association Style, 6th edition.

Online Images

Please see Tables and Figures for detailed information on citing information under the image.

Basic Format for Artwork:

Artist Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of the artwork [Format]. Location. URL


van Gogh, V. (1889). The starry night [Painting]. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States.

Basic Format for Stock Image:

Author. (Year). Title of image [format]. Website. URL


Denali National Park and Preserve. (2013). Lava [Photograph]. Flickr.

Image With No Author, Title, or Date

[Subject and type of work]. (n.d.). URL


[Photograph of person washing hands]. (n.d.).

Note: You still need to cite the image even if you are missing much of the information. Please try to find images that do provide this information.

Google Images:

Go to the original location (website) of the image and cite in one of the formats above.

Basic Format for Artwork:

(Artist Last Name, Year)

Basic Format for Stock Image:

(Author, Year) if just referencing in-text.

Image With No Author, Title, or Date

(Organization or website title, n.d.)


(CDC, n.d.)

Note: In-text images are also generally accompanied by a caption consisting of the full entry from your reference page. Please check with your instructor to see if this is necessary.

Figure Format

Figure format is used most often for citing Images in PowerPoint presentations. 

Here is an example of a proper Figure citation:

Figure 1.

Lemur in the wild

Note. From Black and white Ruffled Lemur [Photograph], by M. Appel, 2016, (