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Digitized Visual Materials for South Asian Studies

This guide will help you find visual materials related to South Asia that have been digitized. These materials include paintings, photographs, woodcut prints, lithographs, illuminated manuscripts, posters, postcards, and other popular ephemera.

Creating Image Citations

Citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style). For more detail, see links below.

The basic information you need to cite an image:

  • Artist’s name
  • Title of the work, as given
  • Date it was created
  • Repository, e.g. the location of the work (museum, library or owning institution, if known);
  • Dimensions of the work
  • Material or medium (oil on canvas, marble, found objects, etc.)
  • The source (book, journal, database, poster, or website)
  • Rights information, if known.


A Chicago style citation for a work of art will typically look like this:

Artist's LastName, FirstName. Title of Artwork. Date created/completed. Medium, dimensions in cm if available. Collection/Institution work is located in, City. LibraryDatabaseName.


Stieglitz, Alfred. Katherine. 1905. Photogravure print, 20.9 x 16.8 cm. George Eastman House, Rochester. ARTstor.


For more examples and help: see the Purdue Online Writing Lab Research & Citation Resource.


Managing Citations

Popular choices for managing your citations and for creating bibliographies include Zotero and Endnote. For a comparison of Zotero and EndNote, consult the Citation Manager Comparison Libguide.

  • Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

- For guidance on how to install and use Zotero, consult the Zotero Libguide.

  • EndNote moves you through the research process as you search, organize, write, publish and share.

- For guidance on how to install and use EndNote, consult the EndNote Libguide.

For a more detailed guide to Citing Your Sources, please click here.

Also, check out Citation Builder from NC State University.

If Zotero or Endnote are new to you, attend one of the upcoming workshops to learn how to use them. 

Selected citation manuals at Woodruff

Chicago Manual of Style Online


-Chicago Manual of Style (2010)

Reference Z253 .U69 2010

-MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009)

Reference LB2369 .G53 2009 

-MLA Handbook 8th Edition (2016)

Woodruff Library Book Stacks LB2369 .G53 2016