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Referencing Images

How do I reference an artistic work?

  • References or citations should be complete and of a professional standard.
  • Creators of artistic works have a moral right to be attributed for their work.

An example of a poor reference:

Example of referencing



An example of a good reference:

Example of referencing


Source: Dorothea Lange 1936, 'Destitute peapickers in California; a 32 year old mother of seven children. February,' United States, viewed 28 May 2015, <>

For more examples of how to attribute images (particularly Creative Commons images), see this PowerPoint presentation:

But how do I find the original photo in order to reference it?

  • Sites such as Pinterest (see above) are handy, but too often the source information (such as the photographer's name) has been stripped from the thumbnail.
  • This can be frustrating when attempting to correctly attribute.
    • referencing just the Pinterest URL is not usually sufficient, as it does not include the photographer's name or other source details
  • Try a reverse image search such as the one provided by Google.
    • if you use Chrome as your web browser, it’s as simple as right-clicking an image and selecting the 'Search Google for this image' option in the drop-down menu

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