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How to Cite Illustrations in APA Format

Updated March 23, 2017

List the author's name in the following format: last name, comma, first initial and period. For example:

Smith, D.

List the year of publication of the book in which the illustration appears. This should appear in parentheses and be followed by a period. For example:

(2009).

List the title of the illustration, followed by a period. Capitalize only the first letter, as well as the first letters of any proper nouns. For example:

Garden of Chinese snapdragons in autumn.

List the name of the book's editor in the following format:

In C. Jones (Ed.),

If the book has an author and not an editor, list the author's name in the following format:

In C. Jones,

List the title of the book in which the illustration appears. The title of the book should appear in italics. Capitalize only the first letter, as well as the first letters of any proper nouns. For example:

Art at the midpoint of our century

In parentheses, list the page number on which the illustration appears, followed by a period. For example:

(p. 117).

List the city of publication, followed by a colon. For example:

Boston:

List the publisher, followed by a period. For example:

Paul Revere Press.

Ensure that the finished citation appears in the following format:

Smith, D. (2009). Garden of Chinese snapdragons in autumn. In C. Jones (Ed.), Art at the midpoint of our century (p. 117). Boston: Paul Revere Press.

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