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ART 281: Intro to Asian Art

Citing Correctly

You must use citations to give proper credit to your sources. If you don't, you are plagiarizing. Plagiarizing is a violation of the CSUCode of Student Conduct/Academic Regulations and Procedures 3.1.2.

Citation Management Software

Mendeley is a free reference management tool that allows you to generate citations, annotate and organize PDFs, and access your research sources across devices. Mendeley also includes a social element, through which you can discover new research ideas and collaborate with others.

Zotero is a free software tool that helps you manage your citations for research. It can be downloaded as a plugin for Mozilla Firefox, or as a standalone application with extensions for either the Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers. There is also the option to download a plugin for word processing software such as Microsoft Word.

Citing Images

If you use an image you did not create, you must provide a citation. Image citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using.

Image citations should include the following information:

  • Artist's name
  • Title of the work
  • Date it was created
  • Repository information (museum, library, or other institution where the work is located)
  • City or country of origin
  • Dimensions
  • Material or medium (oil on canvas, marble, etc.)

If you found the image in a book, you will also need the author, title, publisher information, date, page, and figure or plate number of the reproduction.  If you found the image online, you will need an access date, the web site address (URL), and, in some cases, an image ID number.