How to Cite a Museum Work of Art
When writing reports and essays during your high school and college years, you may be required to perform some research. Often, you have to cite the sources within a "Works Cited" page, a bibliography or footnotes. Though you may have the basic citation style down for things likes books and newspapers, there are several less-traditional resources you may not know how to cite. Citing works of art in a museum may be one of them. Luckily, citing these particular references takes as much time and effort as citing the more traditional references.
Citing in MLA Style
Discover some important information about the artist to be used in your Works Cited page. You want to find out the artist's full name, the title of the artwork, the year the artwork was created and the museum's name and location.
Create your citation entry for the artwork by listing the information you found in the following arrangement: Artist's Last Name, First Name. The Title of the Artwork (in italics). The Year Artwork was Created. Name of Museum, Location of Museum.
Indent all lines by an inch after the very first line in your entry. Place your entry on the Works Cited page according to alphabetical order.
Citing in Chicago Style
Find some information on the artwork. This includes the artist's full name, the title of his piece, the medium he used to make the work (oil, watercolor, etc.) the date it was created, and the museum's name and city.
Organize the information in a citation entry in the following order: Artist's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Artwork," medium, c. Year of Creation (Name of Museum, City).
Place the entry in your footnotes or end notes according to the order in which you presented in within that page. For instance, if you cited the work of art first on the page, you would number the entry "1." then follow it with other references you cited after it.
Citing in APA Style
Figure out the following information concerning the work of art: the artist's full name, the type of artist she was (painter, sculptor, etc.), the year the work was created, the title of the artwork and the type of work (such as Impressionist) the piece falls under.
List the information you found in a citation entry to be used in your References page. Organize it in the following order: Artist's Last Name, First Initial., (Type of Artist). (Year of Creation). Title of Artwork [Type of Work].
List your entry within your References page according to alphabetical order. Indent any lines following the first line in your entry by one inch.
- If the location of the museum is apparent in its name, you do not have to write out the city of the museum in your citation.
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