How to Cite a Painting for a Research Paper

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Just because a work is a painting doesn't mean you don't have to cite it in a research paper. Learn how to cite a painting for a research paper with help from an educator with experience in both reading and writing in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher, and today I'll be discussing with you how to properly cite a painting in a research paper. Now, make sure that when you are citing that you're clarifying with your teacher or professor whether it's going to be an MLA or APA format. This can greatly change the way the citation's going to appear in your paper. For today's purposes, we'll be working with the APA format. When you're doing APA, you want to include in the cited page the artist's name. Be sure that you put the last name first, followed by comma and the first initial capitalize with a period. Second thing you want to include is the year that the painting was distributed or when it was displayed. Put that in parenthesis, make sure to include a period. Third thing you want to include is the title of the painting. So, if it has a very long title, just make sure that everything stays lowercase except for that first letter. So, if it was the The Lord's Supper, make sure that that first title, the first T is a capital followed by a period. Fourth thing you want to include is in brackets, state that it is a painting format. And the bracket show the person that this particular piece is a painting or sculpture or, or any other type of art medium. The last thing you want to do for the way that you are citing a painting is to include where you retrieve the image. So, a lot of times we won't actually go to the places where we see the painting, so you want to say where online or where and what book you said that you saw it. So, in, in most cases, people are going to be seeing them on website. So, make sure that that website is included, but at the very end of it, you don't need to include a period. So, I include the website in parenthesis, in quotation marks because you may even gotten it from a book. But, just make sure to include where you retrieve it from. Don't put a period at the end. Once again, that was how to properly cite a painting in research paper. My name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster.


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