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Chicago Citation Style Guide

A quick guide to Chicago-style citations

Citing Images & Art

 Make sure to check with your instructor about how they want you to cite images as it may differ from these instructions.

  • In both forms of Chicago style, images and illustrations are referred to as "figures".
  • Label all images with figure or fig. followed by Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should be accompanied by a caption placed near the figure.
  • Source information about images is usually not included in footnotes or bibliographies. The captions that accompany each individual should be sufficient citation.
  • In both forms, instead of including note when you refer to a figure, include a parenthetical reference to the figure number at the end of the sentence.


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Artwork (Print or Web)

Artwork Reproduced in Print

Fig. #, Artist's Last-name, First-name, "Title of Work," Medium, Date of Creation, Location of Work-Institution/City/Owner, In Title of Print Source, by Author of Source, Page or plate/figure number, Place of Source Publication: Publisher, Date.


Fig. 3, William Sheridan Young, "Evening on the Cheat," Oil on Canvas, West Virginia Historical Art Collection, West Virginia University Libraries, In Early Art and Artists in West Virginia, by John A. Cuthbert, Plate 88, Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2000.

Artwork Reproduced on the Web

Fig. #, Artist's Last-name, First-name, Title of Work, Medium, Date of Creation, (Location or Owner of Work), URL.


Fig. 1, Anonymous, Soul catcher, Bone, haliotis shell (abalone), 1800-1850, McChord Museum, Quebec,