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Jessi Robinson
Office: Room 1132
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Introduction to Visual Culture

Lichtenstein, Roy (1923-1997). As I Opened Fire Poaster. 1966. Offset lithograph on white wove paper. 64 x 52.7 cm (25 3/16 x 20 3/4 inches) (each panel).  New York, USA. From: ARTstor, (accessed on January 28, 2020).


Finding Books & Articles

Omni is your best tool for finding books, articles, and other published resources at Brock and 13 other universities. Learn how to use Omni here.

Select "Advanced Search" and then toggle down the "Resource Type" field to select a specific filter like "Articles" or "Books & eBooks."

Use Interlibrary Loan (RACER) to get resources from other universities.



Search in these online databases for scholarly articles:

Search ARTstor Digital Library

Anonymous. Namban (Southern Barbarians). Mamoyama period, late 16th century. Pair of screens. 152.4 x 363.8 cm. (each screen). The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert Endowment Fund, Illinois, USA. From: ARTstor Digital Library, (accessed January 27, 2020).


Our subscription to ARTstor gives you access to over 2.5+ million high quality images from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists. Please note: in order to download images for use, you will need to create a free account (use your Brock email address).

Take a tour and check out this tutorial for the basics of how to use ARTstor:




Looking for a place to start? Explore These.

Best Databases for Images

Explore these databases for photographs, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, and much more.

MLA Style Guides

The MLA Handbook (2016) is available in print on reserve in the Library - 3 hour reserve LB 2369 G53 2016

If you do not have your own copy, there are some options for accessing guides online!

Citing an image in MLA Style:

Provide the artist's name, the title of the artwork in italics, and the date of composition. Finally, provide the name of the institution that houses the artwork followed by the location of the institution (if the location is not listed in the name of the institution, e.g. The Art Institute of Chicago).

e.g. Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid.



Citing Images

How to cite scholarly sources (books, articles, etc.)

Chicago Style Quick Guide

A great resource for most frequently used citations (eg. Book with one author, Article in an online journal).


How to cite images/ photographs:

Images must be cited with creator, title, and date as available, but the nature of these sources requires that you also provide medium, dimensions, physical location, and where the image was accessed (book/ website):


Footnote/ endnote: 3. Firstname Lastname, Title, date, medium, height × width × depth (unit conversion), physical location, accessed from book/ website (date accessed, if website).

Bibliography/ references: Lastname, Firstname. Title. Date. Medium, height × width × depth (unit conversion). Physical location. Accessed from book/ website (date accessed, if website).



Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. 1430-1432, Diptych panel, 18.5 x 12 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Available from: ARTstor, (accessed September 30. 2009).


Caravaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter. Early 15th century. Oil on canvas, 94 x 125.4 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (accessed September 29, 2009).


Alice Neel, Nancy and the Rubber Plant. 1975, Oil on canvas, 203.2 x 91.4 cm. The Estate of Alice Neel. From: Alice Neel. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. Plate 64.


See the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more details.