Finding images that you are permitted to use for your work is actually pretty easy. Many photographers and artists make their images available under a Creative Commons license and allow them to be used freely. There are different kinds of Creative Commons licenses, so remember:
For more information on what the different usage rights designations mean, consult the link below:
In APA style, a References list entry for an image found on the web looks like this:
Artist Lastname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year published). Title of the artwork. Retrieved from URL
As usual, if some of this information is missing, do your best with the information at hand. For example:
Ploscar, M. (2013). [Photograph of apple hanging from branch]. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/apple-fall-juicy-food-autumn-1122537/
(Since this image lacked a title, we used a short description of the image within square brackets, instead.)
In MLA style, the Works Cited list entry would look like this:
Ploscar, Mircea. Photograph of apple hanging from branch. Pixabay, 18 Oct. 2013, pixabay.com/en/apple-fall-juicy-food-autumn-1122537/.
(Since this image did not have a title, we used a simple description and omitted the quotation marks.)
When in doubt, please consult the style manuals in our reference collection or make an appointment with the Writing Center!
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