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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th edition)

Citations examples on this page:

  • Figure (Photo, Image, Graph, or Chart)
  • Table
  • Google Map Inserted into a Research Paper
  • Images used in a PowerPoint, Infographic, Video or Website (Digital Assignment)

What is a figure or a table?

There are two types of material you can insert into your assignment: figures and tables.

A figure is a photo, image, map, graph, or chart.

A table is a table of information.

For a visual example of each, see the figure and table to the right.

Still need help?

For more information on, see Purdue OWL MLA Figures, Tables and Examples.


Figure Numbers

The word figure should be abbreviated to Fig. Each figure should be assigned a figure number, starting with number 1 for the first figure used in the assignment. E.g., Fig. 1.


Images may not have a set title. If this is the case give a description of the image where you would normally put the title.

Finding Images You Are Allowed to Use via Google

If you are searching for images on Google, after your search, click the Images tab > Tools > Usage Rights > Labeled for Reuse

For more information please Seneca Colleges presentation on images, copyright and citing information