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Art Research

Citation Style Guides

In order to cite materials properly you should use a style manual. Different style manuals are used for different fields. This is because practitioners in these fields are interested in different kinds of information about the sources being used.

The most commonly used style manuals are APA (American Psychological Association), which is usually used in the social sciences, MLA (Modern Language Association), which is used in the humanities, and Chicago Manual of Style, which is used primarily in History.

Rosenthal Library has copies of MLA Bibliography, Chicago Manual of Style and APA Style Manual in our Reference and Reserve collections.

In addition, there are many online resources to help you correctly cite your bibliographic sources. A guide to the Library's citation manuals can be found at our guide page. Here are online guides to three of the most popular citation styles:

How to Cite Images

Citation style guides vary on the specific formatting of the information. The most commons citation styles for the arts are Chicago Manual of Style and MLA

  • Creator's name
  • Title of work (in Italics)
  • Date
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Name and location of museum or institution housing the work

Example : Vincent van Gogh, Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 36 3/4 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York