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MLA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.

Images and Artwork


Online Image 

General Format:

LastName, FirstName. Photo of Title of Work. "Title of Blog Post/Webpage," by AuthorLastName, Date of publication. Title of Website, URL (without the http://).

For Example:

Sheldon, Natasha. Photo of The Muleteer. “Human Remains in Pompeii: The Body Casts,” by Sheldon, 23 Mar. 2014. Decoded Past, decodedpast.com/human-remains-pompeii-body-casts/7532.

 

Photographic Reproductions (images of artwork in books)

General Format:

LastName, FirstName. Title of Artwork. date, Institution and Location where Image is Housed. Title of Book, ed., by Authors, Publisher, page number.

For Example:

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Gardener's Art Through the Ages, 10th ed., by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Harcourt Brace, p. 939.

 

Painting (in an institution/museum) 

General Format:

​ArtistLastName, ArtistFirstName. Title of Painting. Date, medium (optional), institution/museum, location of institution (if the location is not listed in the institution's name).

For Example:

Le Dien, Firmin-Eugène. Amalfi, Cathedral. 1853, salted paper print from a waxed paper negative, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

See note ¹

 

Painting (found online)

General Format:

Artist/Creator. Title of the Work. Date of Creation, medium (optional), Institution, URL (without the http://). 

For Example:

Le Dien, Firmin-Eugène. Amalfi, Cathedral. 1853,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/629831.

See note ²

 

Other Artwork

General Format:

​​ArtistLastName, ArtistFirstName. Title of Work. Date, medium (optional), institution/museum, location of institution (if the location is not listed in the institution's name).

For Example:

Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo". 100 b.c. ?, marble, Louvre, Paris.

 

¹ See page 49 of the MLA Handbook for more information.

² See The MLA Style Center's "How do I cite a museum image that I viewed in person or online?"