Q. How do you cite the source for a picture, image, graph etc?


The APA Help guide shows you how to cite an image:

  • Click on References and In-text Citation Examples
  • Choose Other
  • Go to Images to see examples.


Strang, J. [Photographer]. (2017). Aurora Borealis - Bear Lake, Alaska [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polarlicht_2.jpg

The University of Maryland has a chart that shows other image examples.

If you are using an image from the internet, you want to make sure that you have permission to use the image.

  • It is a copyright violation to use someone's creative work without their permission.
  • If you are concerned you may be doing this, you can search for images that are considered to have Creative Commons licenses, which are intended for people to use in their own works.
  • You can search Google for creative commons photos to get images you can legally use without having to obtain the permission of the creator.
Thank you for using ASK US.  For further help, contact your Campus Library/ARC.


  • Last Updated Dec 12, 2018
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