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Rhode Island School of Design

Citing & Captioning Images: Why Cite Images?

A guide to creating an image caption using MLA or Art Bulletin style

The Importance of Images

In visually-oriented disciplines, images are essential. We learn from them, study them, create them, write about them, and much more. We create images of our own work. We use images as evidence and documentation.

Yet for all the images we see, download, and create, most of us do not have an established system for organizing them or information about them.

By citing the images you use in papers and presentations (whether as a student, professor, or a practicing artist/designer), you will help others (and yourself) understand:

  • what's in them
  • who made them
  • where they came from
  • how to find them again!