If you include an image directly in your paper, it should be labeled “Fig.” (short for “Figure”), given a number, and presented in the MLA figure format.
Directly below the image, place a centered caption starting with the figure label and number (e.g. “Fig. 2”), then a period. For the rest of the caption, you have two options:
How to cite a digital image found on a website in MLA 8 from EasyBib:
To create a citation for a digital image found on a website in MLA 8, locate the following pieces of information:
The name of the creator of the digital image
*The title of the digital image
The title of the website that the image was found on
The names of any other contributors responsible for the digital image
Version of the image (if applicable)
Any numbers associated with the image (if applicable)
*The publisher of the image
The date the image was created or published
*The location of the image, such as a URL
If the digital image does not have a title, include a description of the image. Do not place this information in quotation marks or italics.
If the picture was found using Google Images, do not cite Google Images as the publisher. Instead, click on the picture and use the information from the website that is hosting the picture.
When including the URL in the citation, omit “http://” and “https://” from the site’s address. In addition, if the citation will be viewed on a digital device, it is helpful to make it clickable. This ensures that readers will be able to easily access and view the source themselves.
Structure of a citation for an image found on a website in MLA 8:
Creator’s Last name, First name. “Title of the digital image.” Title of the website, First name Last name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL. Access Date.
Examples of citations for digital images found on websites in MLA 8:
Vasquez, Gary A. Photograph of Coach K with Team USA. NBC Olympics, USA Today Sports, 5 Aug. 2016, www.nbcolympics.com/news/rio-olympics-coach-ks-toughest-test-or-lasting-legacy. Accessed 24 April 2018.
Gilpin, Laura. “Terraced Houses, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.” Library of Congress, Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-102170, 1939, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90716883/. Accessed 26 April 2018.
Tables and Illustrations
Illustrative visual material—for example, a photograph, map, line drawing, graph, chart, videos, podcasts, etc—should be labeled Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assigned an Arabic numeral, and given a caption. (See Fig. 1 below) (MLA 7th 118; Russell, “Figures”).
“A label and caption ordinarily appear directly below the illustration” (MLA 7th 118).
“If the caption of a table or illustration provides complete information about the source and the source is not cited in the text, no entry for the source in the works-cited list is necessary” (MLA 7th 118).
NOTE: Include the URL/link to the source if image was retrieved online.
Fig. 1. Promotional Photo of Boris Karloff from The Bride of Frankenstein as Frankenstein's Monster. 1935. Universal Studios. Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frankenstein%27s_monster_(Boris_Karloff).jpg.Accessed 21 Sept. 2016.
Structure of a citation for a digital image found on a database in MLA 8:
1) Author/Creator. Not available? Skip to #2.
2) Title of image (in italics or quotation marks). Not available? Image doesn’t have a
title? Create brief descriptive title (Photograph of horse running. Drawing of brain). 3) Date that image was created or published. Not available? Skip to #5.
4) Version-Medium of the image (Chart, Diagram, Graph, Illustration, Map, Photograph,
5) Names of any other contributors
6) Any numbers associated with the image (if applicable)
7A) The publisher of the image
7B) Where image is housed-name institution and city where located
(Container 1) —museum, gallery, title of article, etc.
8) Title of where the image is located. (Container 2). Title of web page or
title of database—italicized.
9) *The location of the images, such as a URL or DOI number (“How To”; Russel,
10) Access date. (Suggested by Manhattanville College Library)