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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016     Views: 151

In part, it depends on what you took a picture of. Is it a recongnizable object "owned" by someone. For example, did you take a picture of the Mona Lisa? Then you should reference and cite Da Vinci.

It you took a picture or something more general, say a picture of your own toe to illustrate a point about toes, you may or may not have to provide a reference and citation.  This is an unclear area for APA. Some will say you created and published this seperately when you took it, and therefore must reference/cite. Others say it is a non-retrievable piece of information, so does not get a reference (but would get a citation). So, to be on the safe side, and to be clear, you might want to consider creating a reference and citation. Use yourself as the author.

Finally, whatever you decide to do, be sure to add a caption explaining the picture (image) in your paper. Use the ANSWER at and open the handout linked to at the bottom for more guidance re: captions.

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