We all do it. We find a great image online, cut and paste, print and forget it. Right? No problem!
Wrong! If you didn't create an image, you need to cite it and make sure that you are not infringing on the creator's copyright without giving credit or paying for its use. Fair use as allowed for educational purposes is not license to use whatever you want whenever you want.
Just as you will cite research studies, books, journal articles, websites for your paper or poster, you also need to cite your images.
Here are some questions you need to ask before using an image:*
*Brown, Nicole E, et al. Visual Literacy for Libraries. ALA Editions, 2016.
|Type of Project||Location of Citation or Credit||Style and Tips|
|Research Paper||Reference list and figure or caption||
|Poster||Caption directly under each image or brief caption and reference list||
|Presentation||Caption directly under each image or in an images list at the end of your presentation||
Brown, Nicole E, et al. Visual Literacy for Libraries. ALA Editions, 2016.
APA Style you need: creator/producer, year of production/publication, title of material, description/format, retrieval information*
Sample citation in APA: Nunley, D. (2012). Big fish [Photograph]. Retrieved from https:flic.kr/p/dHH6uu
MLA Style you need: creator/producer, title of material, year of composition, holding entity/owner, title of website/database, medium/format, date of access*
Sample citation in MLA: Nunley, Donnie. Big Fish. 2012 Flickr. Web. 31 July 2014.
*It's important to note that the different styles have different elements to the citation and they are formatted differently. Make sure that whichever style you opt to use that you are consistent!