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How to Cite Graphics in APA Style Format


Just as it is crucial to correctly cite text sources at the end of your paper, you must also cite graphics or electronic images that you discuss. Correctly citing graphic images can help you avoid charges of plagiarism, and also makes your term paper more professional. The American Psychological Association (APA) sets out easy-to-follow guidelines for the correct citation of graphic images.

Format your citation in the following manner, if you know the artist or author of the image you are citing: Author's last name, First initial. (year image was created). Title [type of work]. Retrieved from http://anysite.com

For example: Jones, F. (2009). Monkey killing a snake [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/20_best

Format your citation in the following manner if you do not know the artist or author of the image you are citing: Title [type of work]. (year image was created). Retrieved from http://anysite.com

For example: Monkey killing a snake [Photograph]. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/20_best

Format your citation in the following manner if you do not know the artist or author of the image you are citing, do not know the title and do not know the date published: [Basic summary of medium and subject of image]. Retrieved from http://anysite.com

For example: [Untitled photograph of a monkey killing a snake]. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/20_bes

Tips
  • Always italicize the titles of works when adhering to APA format.
  • Be sure that only the first letters of titles are capitalized. Proper nouns within a title should also be capitalized.
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