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* Art Research Guide

Some Basic APA Rules

• Double space between all lines. This guide shows entries single-spaced to save paper.

• Use a hanging indent, with all lines after the first indented.

• List entries alphabetically (by authors’ last names).

• List all authors of a work, up to and including seven authors.

• Use authors’ first and middle initial(s), not whole names.

• Put the date of publication after the author's name(s). If no date, use: n.d.

• If author is unknown, alphabetize by first significant title word (see 6.25, p. 183).

• Capitalize only the first word of a book or article title, the subtitle, and all proper names.

• For a periodical title (i.e., journal or magazine title), capitalize as is on the source.

• Italicize periodical titles and volume number, and book titles.

• For audiovisual media, add note in brackets. Examples: [Audio podcast], [DVD], [Motion picture].

• If you have a source that APA does not include, APA suggests you choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format.

APA Image Citation

  • Each image must be labeled with a caption with the basic bibliographic information and a figure number (Figure 1, Figure 2)
  • Include the figure number and a title with a legend and caption BELOW the image.
  • if the image is taken from another source, include the citation at the end of the caption.
  • In your paper refer to the image by its number (Figure 1)
  • Each figure must have a full bibliographic entry in your Reference List

Example of in text caption:

Figure 1. [Title of art work/image]by [Artists' first initial. Artists' last name], [date created] ([Book Title Containing Image/or Database/URL], [publication date of book], p. [pages where image is found])

Reference List:

Artists' last name, First Initial. (Year). Title of the artwork. Retrieved from URL/Database.

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