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US - 12 - Comparative Anatomy: Mythological Creatures Research Guide: Citing Images


Yes, you must cite any image you use.  Yes, that includes Creative Commons.

 Manet, Edoaurd.  The Dead Toreador. 1864.  The National Gallery of Art , Washington D.C. Widener Collection. Web. 10 Dec, 2015.

Image Database Resources (latinhawks/cls)

Most databases offer images. Cite image as a short work from a website. 

Open Access (no password or membership required)

Modified Copyright

Creative Commons is a source for images.  The images included in Creative Commons have a modified copyright which means the copyright owners have voluntarily relinquished some of their rights as a copyright owner.  

These copyright modifications are significant for people who need images for commercial use.  When you see "no attribution required" that is for when an image is used for commercial purposes.  The copyright owner is telling people that you can use the image without having to contact him first to ask permission, and that you do not have to give him credit for the image.

PLEASE BE AWARE:  The rules of good scholarship always apply when using someone else's work for academic purposes.  

If you have a blog, website, or business you may use a "no attribution required" image freely.

If you are doing a project for school, you must cite it.

Oregon School Library guidelines for MLA citations for images

Citing Images

Cite the image using the template for the source that included the image:

  • in a book (cite the book)
  • online (cite the website or database)
  • magazine (cite the magazine)


Hura, Sohrab. Two brothers toil. 2015, Magnum Photos,

*If you see it in person, follow the guidelines provided by Oregon School for Artwork, Image, Object, Artifact


 From Oregon Citation Maker updated 12/5/16