Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

MLA Citation Style

This guide provides examples for the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide rules on citations and bibliographies.

The MLA Handbook does not have a specific set of rules only for images. As a researcher, you are expected to cite image material based on where you got it, such as the figure in a book or picture on the web. The same basic principles that underlie the entire MLA format will look the same for an image. 

Image in Print

Lastname, Firstname (of artist or creator). "Title of Image." Figure number in Title of the Book: Plus a Subtitle. by Firstname Lastname, Publisher, Year of Publication, Page Number.

Medina, John Baptista. "Illustration to Book V, 1688." Figure 5 in Paradise Lost by John Milton, edited by Barbara K. Lewalski, Blackwell, 2007, 121.

Images Online

Lastname, Firstname (of artist or creator). "Title of Image." Figure number in Title of the Book: Plus a Subtitle. by Firstname Lastname, Publisher, Year of Publication, Page Number.

Blake, William. "The Temptation and Fall of Eve." illustration to "Paradise Lost" by John Milton, 1808, pen and watercolor on paper. Wikimedia Commons, 2006, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Blake,_The_Temptation_and_Fall_of_Eve.JPG