Pictures and images

Before you insert a picture into your document, check the copyright status of the image to determine whether permission is required to reproduce the image. How you reference an image depends on where you originally got the image from. If it came from:

  • A book – reference it as you would a book
  • A journal – reference it as you would a journal article
  • A web page – reference it as you would for a web page.

Online image example

Basic format for an image retrieved online

Image caption

Figure X. Caption title. From ... Copyright YYYY Publisher.

Figure 1. The Toyota Concept-i vehicle at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on 5 January 2017. From “Twelve Things You Need to Know About Driverless Cars,” by J. Silver, January 15, 2017, The Observer. ( Copyright 2018 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.

Reference list

Author, I. I. (Year of publication). Web page title. Retrieved from http://www..., e.g. 

Silver, J. (2017, January 15). Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars. The Observer. Retrieved from

For more information particularily about copyright, see Navigating copyright for reproduced images on the APA Style Blog.

For works of art, see There's an Art to It on the APA Style Blog.