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ARTH 276: Studies in Western Art II

Citation Styles and Guides

Which citation style you utilize depends on the discipline of the course you're taking, and the citation style chosen by the department or professor.

Main citation styles include APA, MLA and Chicago.  Print copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), the Chicago Manual of Style and the MLA Handbook for  Writers of Research Papers are available on reserve in the Collins Library. Ask for them by call number at the Circulation Desk.

Collins Library has also developed helpful citation guides:
APA Style

MLA Style

Chicago Style: Notes & Bibliography System
(Humanities Style)

Additionally, there are many great online sites that will assist you in interpreting and utilizing the various citation styles.  Here are a few good ones to be aware of.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Research and Citation Resources

APA Style
site of the American Psychological Association.

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Research and Documentation Online

Getting Started with RefWorks

Use RefWorks, an online citation management program, to easily keep track of your references as you research your literature review. RefWorks has features that let you organize your references, Write-n-Cite, and automatically produce bibliographies in many different styles. Find more information on our RefWorks tutorial page.

Citing a Work of Art

When citing a work of art in a caption using  the Chicago Manual of Style or MLA, include the following elements:

  • Artist's name
  • Title of work
  • Date
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Housing institution or collection

Example for caption:

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker, 1881, Bronze, 71.5 x 40 x 58 cm. Musee Rodin.

When citing a work of art in a bibliography using Chicago Manual of Style or MLA, include the following elements:

  • Artist's name
  • Title of work
  • Date
  • Housing institution or collection

Example for a bibliography:

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker. 1881. Musee Rodin.

If you used an image from a book, then you need to cited the book

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker. Musee Rodin. The Rodin Museum of Paris. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1977. 5

If you used an image from the web, use the following format:
Auguste Rodin, The Thinker. Musee Rodin. ArtStor. 10 September 2010 <http://www.artstor.org>.