Citing Artwork Found on the Web when Blogging

One of the main sources of inspiration when creating historic textiles is pictures. Painting, manuscripts, jewelry depicting people, and carvings on stone are some of the ways we attempt to see how the whole picture of a costume looked back in time. When blogging, it is easy to right click on a picture, "Save image as," and then use it in our work.

For me, I get so excited when I see something new that I often have it open in Photoshop, lines drawn all over it to accentuate seams and highlight elements, that I’ve posted it on-line in my eagerness to share it. Giving the source of the picture is furthest from my mind.

Citing source material needs to be second nature, and it is not that difficult once you find the right tools.

Bear with me as I learn this process as well, and please correct me if I am wrong or redirect me to a better tool, method or explanation.

Cite This For Me

Simply copy and paste the url, and the autocite gives you the basic information about the website. Easy peasy!

Easy Bib

Easy Bib is my all time favorite citation site. It not only gives you so many options of what kinds of things you are citing, but it translates these citations into whatever format you are using, be it MLA, APA or Chicago. With the basic information Cite This For Me give you about the website, you can copy and paste what you need into Easy Bib, and voilà! The citation is made for you.

Common Sense
Take a minute to look at the webpage and make sure that what you are doing does not violate someone else property. If the site you are using asks you not to share their work, don’t. If they as that you ask permission first, ask. Even if you give them full credit and cite the website, if they ask you to remove it, then remove it. Most authors say specifically, usually in fine print on the bottom of the page, whether or not it is okay with them to share their work. Respect their wishes.

And for the more difficult cases including things we find on Pinterest and Google Image . . .

Life is not always so simple. Sometimes we come across something on pinterest and we have no clue from where the original came. Here are a few things that could help.

Tiny Eye

It’s the opposite of Google Image . . . well, kind of. It does help you find where the image originated.

If you have not read about it, read the Fair Use laws.

Above all, remember that blogging is a form of publishing. It is less like writing a research paper and more like getting published by an actual publisher. Treat everything you put on your blog the way you would treat it if you were putting it in a book. Ask permission. Give credit. And, above all, respect the work of others.


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