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Writing and Citing: MLA 8th Edition: Images and Figures

MLA 8th Edition

Online Images

Images, diagrams and other visual artistic works should be cited as any other type of work. Below are some examples:

*Try to find as much information as possible when citing an image and include it in the citation.

Basic Format:

Artist's Last Name, First. Title of digital image. Date of Creation, Location of Work. 
          "Website,"  Publisher or Sponsoring Organization, URL (no https://).

Image Without Author:

“Title of the digital image.” Title of the website,
         Publisher, Date, URL (no https://).

Image With No Author, Title, or Date

[image description]. Title of the website, URL (no https://).

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.


When you use a graph or another visual representation that is not a photograph or an image, it must be cited as Figure. The figures must be numbered in succession throughout the paper or slideshow, and must be cited individually under the figure itself. In addition, all figure citations are placed directly below the image starting with a brief description. 

Basic Format:

Fig. X. Brief image description, "Title of Source," Author's Last Name,
          First. Publisher, Date.

Figure From a Website:

Fig. X. Brief image description, "Title of Source," Author's Last Name,
          First. Website, Date, URL (no https://).