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Last Updated: Apr 10, 2017     Views: 78

YES: images must be cited when used in a paper or presentation, etc.  

  • If you found them via Google Images or any other image retrieval service, be certain to cite the image in its original context (don't cite the URL of the enlarged image, but use the page where the image was originally located). 
  • If you used the JEWL search box to locate images, suggestions for how to cite the image are often provided. 

Below are examples of citing images in MLA. 

Check with your instructor if you are not sure of requirements for citing the sources. 

Titled Image: MLA Style

(Credit: University of Maryland University College)

Untitled Image:  MLA Style 
If an image is untitled, create a brief, descriptive title for it. Do not italicize this title or place it in quotes, and capitilize only the first word and any proper nouns. 

(Credit:  University of Maryland University College Library)

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