4 Easy Ways to Cite Images in PowerPoint

Using images in PowerPoint presentations enhances visual appeal and effectiveness. However, it’s crucial to properly cite all images used that you didn’t create yourself, including graphs, tables, or photos copied from other sources.

Citing images in PowerPoint isn’t complex if you know where to find the required information. This article provides four easy methods to cite images in your PowerPoint slides.

Step 1: Locate Image Source and Gather Citation Details

The first step is identifying the source of the image and gathering relevant citation information:

  • Name of the creator (artist, photographer, etc.)
  • Title of the image
  • Date the image was created
  • Date posted online (if available)
  • Website or database name
  • URL or web address
  • Any relevant copyright or licensing details

Proper image attribution and citations are crucial for academic integrity and protecting yourself from potential copyright issues.

Step 2: Insert Image Caption

Once you’ve inserted the image into your presentation, add a caption:

  • Right-click the image and select “Insert Caption”
  • Alternatively, create a text box below the image to type the citation

The caption should include:

  • Label like “Figure 1.”
  • Brief image description
  • Attribution line “Adapted from [image source]”

For example:

Figure 1. The Banquet of Cleopatra by Giambattista Tiepolo depicts a contest between Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Adapted from the National Gallery of Art[1].

Step 3: Add Footnote with Full Citation

Next, provide a full citation in a footnote. The superscript number can go in the caption text or at the end.

The footnote citation should state:

  • Artist name
  • Image title
  • Date of creation
  • Source information introduced by “from”

For example:

Fig. 1. Pedestrians walking by street art graffiti of the word love from: "love" by barnyz, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0[1].

Step 4: Include Works Cited Entry

For certain citation styles like MLA, also add a full Works Cited entry:

  • Cite details like artist, title, creation date, source title, URL, access date
  • Match entry number to footnote number

For example:

Works Cited
[1] barnyz. “love”, 2018, Flickr, https://flic.kr/p/2dYaz6y. Accessed 5 Jan 2024.  

Properly formatting citations ensures you give credit for images used while meeting academic style guidelines.

By following these four simple methods, citing images in PowerPoint presentations can be easy. Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!