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History of Art & Architecture Research - Oakland Campus

Finding & Citing Images


Finding Images in Books 

To search for images using books you can search PittCat using search terms such as "art index," "index to reproductions" (of "art," of "sculpture," or of "paintings," etc), or search for the name of a specific exhibition or museum along with the keyword "index," refined to books only.  

Reverse Image Search 

To do a reverse image search go to Click the camera icon within the search box and upload an image that you have saved to your computer. You can also do this search by dragging and dropping an image into the search box, or searching by the image's URL.  

Pitt's Digital Collections 

Other Digital Image Collections and Sites

Contemporary Art Images

Images of Fashion and Textiles 

Images of Artist Books 

Museum Collections

Citing Images


Citing images for term papers or other assignment is just as important as citing journal articles, books, or other sources.  

First make sure to: 

  • Determine if the image is of significant enough quality to appear in your paper; make sure it comes from a reputable source like a museum or academically aligned image database like Artstor.  
  • Look for rights and permissions having to do with how the image should be credited. 
  • Identify the title of the artwork. 
  • Identify the creator of the artwork. 
  • Determine the publisher of the image. 
  • Document the url of the image if possible, and date you last accessed it.  

Basic Image Citation Format: 

Title/Caption by Artist/Designer/Poster, via Source/Website (Copyright Statements/CC License) 

For an actual work of art, not necessarily a reproduced image of that work of art:  

Artist/Creator. Title. Date created. Owner/Repository, City. Source/Website. Web. Date retrieved. <URL>  

For an image that is already published in a print or electronic publication: 

Author/Artist/Creator. Title. City : Publisher, date published. Source/Website. Web. Date retrieved. <URL>


Your image citations can appear in your bibliography/works cited list, directly below the image as it appears in your paper, in the text, or as a caption added to the image if placing it in a digital context such as blog or digital book. 


Click Here for Artstor's Guidelines on Citing Images