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MLA Citation: Images & Art

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List of Core Elements

If these elements are available, include them in your citation:

  • Author
  • Title of source: book, article, poem, song, art object
  • Title of Container: book that is a collection, periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper), television series, website, database
  • Other Contributors: editors, illustrators, translators, directors, actors, etc.
  • Version: edition or version (e-book, Kindle ed.)
  • Number: volume in a multi-volume set, journal volume and issue numbers, TV series season and episode
  • Publisher: publishing house, TV or film production company, website, blog network.
  • Publication date
  • Location: page(s), URL, disc number in a DVD set

Optional Elements:

  • City of Publication for works published before 1900
  • Date of Access: recommended
  • URL: recommended
  • DOI: if available, use instead of a URL

Image & Art Examples

Online Image 

Author. Name of Work. Date of CompositionName of Museum, City

      Name of Database/Website if different from the Museum, URL.


Bearden, Romare. The Train. 1974, Romare Bearden Foundation, New York. ARTstor,

O'Keeffe, Georgia. Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow. 1923.  MFAH ,


Work of Visual Art
Viewed in Person
(including photographs)


Author. Name of Work. Date of Composition. Name of the Museum, City.


Perutz, Dolly. Bird Flying Machine. 1973, Central Park, New York.

Citing Images Websites