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How to Cite a Drawing in MLA Style


All sources of information must be cited when writing a paper, including nontext images such as photographs, artwork and drawings. The proper procedure for citing a drawing in MLA format depends on whether it is housed in a museum, reproduced in a book or posted on the Internet. Although images do not need to be cited within the text, you must provide a full bibliographical entry in your works-cited page.

Format your works-cited entry as follows if you are citing a drawing that you saw in a museum or other location:

Artist's Last Name, First Name. Title of Drawing [italics]. Year. Museum [italics], City.

For example:

Smythe, Daniel. A Peach Tree Beside the Water [italics]. 1901. The Louvre [italics], Paris.

Format your works-cited entry as follows if you are citing a drawing that was printed in a book:

Artist's Last Name, First Name. Title of Drawing [italics]. Year. Museum [italics], City. Title of Book [italics]. Edition Number. By Author's First Name Last Name. City: Publisher. Page Number. Medium of Publication.

For example:

Smythe, Daniel. A Peach Tree Beside the Water [italics]. 1901. The Louvre [italics], Paris. A Compendium of Modern Illustration [italics]. 2nd Ed. By Sam Chapman. London: UK Press. 459. Print.

If the institution housing the artwork is unknown, simply omit that information.

Cite a drawing published on the Internet but housed in a museum in the following format:

Artist's Last Name, First Name. Title of Drawing [italics]. Year. Museum [italics], City. Name of Website [italics]. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

For example:

Smythe, Daniel. A Peach Tree Beside the Water [italics]. 1901. The Louvre [italics], Paris. The Louvre Online [italics]. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.

Cite a drawing published only on the Internet in the following format:

Artist or Poster's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Drawing." Medium. Name of Website [italics]. Date of Publication. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

Place the title or description of the drawing in quotation marks; do not italicize it.

For example:

Smythe, Daniel. "A Peach Tree Beside the Water." Drawing. ArtWeb [italics]. 7 Jan. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.

You may use a poster's username if that is the only name available to you. For example:

Artluvr99. "A Peach Tree Beside the Water." Drawing. ArtWeb [italics]. 7 Jan. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.