Images and Media for Research and Presentations: Chicago/Turabian

This guide will help you find images and multimedia that will enhance research papers and presentations. Images aren't just for art students!

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The Chicago Manual of Style is used by some professional social sciences associations and publishers (e.g. the American Anthropological Association) and many in the arts and humanities. For more information, consult the manual directly via the database or the library copy. The database has an excellent Q & A section where users can submit questions and browse answers to previous questions.

Using and Citing Images and Visuals

Images and visuals should be labeled as figures and numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. If your image is a table, different formatting rules will apply (consult the manual for more information). The figure number should be followed by a caption, which should include a brief title and/or an explanation of the figure (if necessary), and source information. Both figure number and caption should appear beneath the image. In a paper or other work with only a few images, there is no need for a separate list of illustrations or appendix.

Basic elements: Artist Full Name, Work Title, Date Work Created, Medium and Type of Work, Institution holding work, Institution City, State. Source.

If the image is from a book, the source information will include the following elements: Book Title, by Author Full Name. Publication City, State: Publisher, Year of Publication, p. XX (page number).

If the image is from a website or database, source information will include: URL (date accessed Day Month Year)

Fig. 4. Director, Actor and Writer Woody Allen. Philippe Halsman, Woody Allen, 1969, Photograph. Magnum Photos, New York, New York. Available from: ARTstor, (accessed January 19, 2012)

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