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APA Citation Style, 6th edition: Figures/Images

A guide to help users create citations using APA (American Psychological Association) style, 6th edition.

Helpful Tip!

Question Mark Beanie

No author?

If you are unable to find the author/artist then use the title in your signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses.

No date?

If there is no date available then use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date").

Helpful Tip!

Question Mark Beanie Could I just include the year in my citation or do I need to provide the full date?

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When possible, include the year, month, and date in references. If the month and date are not available, you may use the year of publication.

Situations this Section Covers (pages 150-167)

There are are many different types of figures, however, APA uses certain basic principles for all figure types.

Types of figures:

  • graphs
  • charts
  • maps
  • drawings
  • photographs/images

This section will cover the following examples:

For more examples and information, consult the following publications:

APA Manual (6th ed.)

Call number     Location
BF76.7 .P83 2010     Main Reference Collection 1st Floor

About Citing Works of Art


Online Map:
Title of work [Map]. (Date or date of latest update {Year, Month Day }). Retrieved from URL

Online Image/Database:
Artist's last name, artist’s initials. (Year). Title of work. Retrieved from {Name of database} database 

Online Image/Web site;
Artist's last name, artist’s initials. (Year). Title of work [Online image]. Retrieved from URL

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example  will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.  For more tips on paraphrasing check out The OWL at Purdue.

In-Text Citation (Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Manual (6th ed.).

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

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