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MLA Style Guide: Images

This guide covers how in-text citations and references should be formatted in the MLA Style, 9th Edition.

Image, online only (Painting, Sculpture or Photograph etc.)

Reference: Creator Last name, First name. Title of image/work. Date of Work. Title of website, URL.

Example: Gloag, Isobel. The Woman with the Puppets. 1915. Huge Lane Gallery, http://emuseum.pointblank.ie/online_catalogue/work-detail.php?objectid=619.

In-Text-Citation:

  • (Artist Last name)

Example:

  • This painting portrays a gently smiling woman, while reclining on a draped sofa (Gloag).

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Image, viewed in Person (Painting, Sculpture or Photograph etc.)

Reference: Creator Last name, First name. Title of image/work. Date of Work, Name of Institution, Location.

Example: Yeats, Jack B. The Liffey Swim. 1923, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

In-Text-Citation:

  • (Artist Last name)

Example:

  • This painting marks the artist's interest in expressionism (Yeats)….
  • Yeats shows his interest in expressionism….

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Image in a Book (Painting, Sculpture or Photograph etc.)

Reference: Creator Last name, First name. Title of image/work. Date of Work, Name of Institution, Location. Title of book, by author/editor, Publisher, Year, page number.

Example: Yeats, Jack B. The Liffey Swim. 1923, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. The Works of Yeats, by Jane Quinlan, Oaktree Press, 2019, p. 32.

In-Text-Citation:

  • (Author Last name page no.)

Example:

  • Yeats' painting marks the artist's interest in expressionism (Quinlan 32 )….
  • Yeats shows his interest in expressionism….

Note: If you wanted to provide more information for your reader you could refer to the website in your text, for example "on the nationalgallery.ie site..."

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