Some types of visual media are particularly difficult to reference because the creators, owners or location of the original source of an image can be hard to find.
The difference between images, figures, and tables
For your undergraduate assignments cite tables, figures and images as you would do for a direct quotation (author, date, page number) in a caption under the image, and ensure that this citation links to a full reference in your reference list.
For postgraduate assignments and if you are intending to publish your work, APA requires tables, figures and images that have been reproduced or adapted from another source to have a full reference and a note providing permission statements and/or copyright information, refer to the APA manual for guidance.
Using Clipart and public domain images
Generally most clipart does not need permission to be reproduced, but you should still provide a credit line and ideally a full reference. See the example below as to how this may look:
Figure 1. Marshmallow on stick (source: bpcomp, 2009).
If there are no authors, then put the name of the site it’s from (eg. Openclipart.org), if there is no date given then (n.d.), if there is no title then use “ <insert your own description of the image here>”.
Depending on where the image is from, there could be a copyright statement/Creative commons license, if so this should be included too.
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