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Art @ Webster University Libraries

Library resources for art research.

Library Databases for Images 

Subscription databases require login with university ID number.

Tips for citing images 

  • Google images is not a source. Visit the web page to find out more about the image. 
  • Include Creative Commons licensing information if appropriate
  • You may encounter objects or circumstances not covered in this guide. Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style or ask your instructor for guidance. 


Citing vs. Attribution

When to Cite

When to provide Attribution

Any images you plan to use in a scholarly work (from print or web) should be cited according to required format style (APA, MLA, etc.)

You may attribute an image/visual media source for presentations, papers, or other formats that do not require a specific publication style.

Quick Reference- Images in Chicago Style 

Example: Footnote/Endnote, Image from the web Example: Footnote/Endnote, image from a book  Example: Figure caption                   
³James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1. 1871, oil on canvas, 144.3 X 162.5 cm, Musée D'Orsay, Paris, accessed February 4, 2020, .



1 Creator's first and last name, Title of Work, date, medium, dimensions, location, or collection (publication details in brackets for footnotes), date accessed and URL.

³ Unknown. Portuguese Soldier with Flint Lock. 1944 in Kate Ezra, Royal Art of Benin: The Perls Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992), 13 plate 7. 



³ Creator's first and last name, Title of Work, date in Title of Book (City: Publisher, year), page number, plate number. 





Fig. 9. Ladle. Tlinglit, 1825, oil and wood, 20.3 X 76.2 cm, St. Louis Art Museum,