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Geology: Searching and Citing Images

Searching images

Citing and images/photographs


For questions not answered by the description, below, you can always "Ask MLA." 

  • For instance, you can find specific instructions about citing an artifact. 


Look for these identifiers when you download the image:

  • The name of the creator of the digital image
  • *The title of the digital image
  • The title of the website that the image was found on
  • The names of any other contributors responsible for the digital image
  • Version of the image (if applicable)
  • Any numbers associated with the image (if applicable)
  • *The publisher of the image
  • The date the image was created or published
  • *The location of the image, such as a URL
  • *Access Date

If the digital image does not have a title, include a description of the image. Do not place this information in quotation marks or italics.

If the picture was found using Google Images, do not cite Google Images as the publisher. Instead, click on the picture and use the information from the website that is hosting the picture.

When including the URL in the citation, omit “http://” and “https://” from the site’s address. In addition, if the citation will be viewed on a digital device, it is helpful to make it clickable. This ensures that readers will be able to easily access and view the source themselves.

Structure of a citation for an image found on a website in MLA 8:

Creator’s Last name, First name. “Title of the digital image.” Title of the website, First name Last name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL. Access Date.

Examples of citations for digital images found on websites in MLA 8:



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