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Visual Art Research Resources: CITATIONS/CAPTIONS


The Persistence of Memory

  by Salvado Dali, 1931

A CAPTION - or an abbreviated citation - must be placed under all of the images and photos that you place on your exhibit board.  Provide the following information in a caption whenever possible:  Title, creator,  date

Purdue OWL-Your Best Bet !


THE VERY BEST online resource for citation help is Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.  The website covers the most current MLA [Modern Language Association's] citation rules (look down the left side bar for the type of resource you need to cite) and it provides sample citations as well.  Click on lthe OWL logo above to visit from this RAMGuide.


REMEMBER: Save or Create the Citations for Your Favorite Sources AS YOU GO!

[*Create a "Draft List of Works Cited" document and copy/paste or collect citations there]

MLA  7th Ed. CITATION FORMAT #1: A Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph

Include the artist's name. Give the title of the artwork in italics. Provide the date of composition. If the date of composition is unknown, place the abbreviation n.d. in place of the date. Finally, provide the name of the institution that houses the artwork followed by the location of the institution.

* If the artwork was found in a book or in an online format, follow the title of the piece by a citation for the source in which it appeared.

Scroll down to view citation format for:

" A Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph" section of Purdue OWL's "MLA Works Cited :  Other Common Sources" page

MLA  7th Ed. CITATION FORMAT #2 Web Site Information

Open the left-tab for "MLA Works Cited: Citing Electronic Sources"

Scroll down to learn how to specifically cite:

An Entire Web Site

A Page within a Web Site

An Image on a Web Site (Including a Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph)

*Remember for all web sources, it is necessary to list your date of access because web postings are often updated, and information available on one date may no longer be available later. The order for the access date information is:  day  month  year!

MLA 7th Ed. CITATION FORMAT #3:  Database Article

Open left-tab for "MLA Works Cited: Citing Electronic Sources"

Scroll down to section "An Article from an Online Database (or Other electronic Subscription Service)"

This citation will be much like citing a web page.  Be usre to include: author's name; "title of article"; Publicationin which it appeared; date of publication Database Title; Web. Date of access- day month year.