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World History 1500 to Present: Find Visual Sources

For students taking World History 1500 to present

The Importance of Attribution

Always cite your sources, including visual sources such as films, images, artworks, photographs, data, charts, etc. If you find an image on a website, and there is no attribution, meaning you cannot find a citation, try to find where it originated and who created it. In general, when choosing visual resources:

  • Look for an attribution or citation.

  • If possible, find the original creation and creator.

  • Cite the visual sources you use in your project.

Visual Sources at TCU

When you find a book on your topic, check to see if the book includes illustrations, maps, photographs, or other visuals. These sources are always cited, so you will be able to re-use them for your own projects.

Find Visual Sources on the Open Web

Google Web Search

Use advanced search options in Google to look for digital archives for your topic on the open web. For example:

  • [name of nation] colonialism digital archives
  • [name of nation] independence digital archives


Citing Images

Chicago 17 Image Citation Style - Bibliography Page


Last name, First name. Title of Work. Date of creation or completion. Medium. Name of Institution. Location (if applicable). URL.


Ferrara, Daniel. The Flock. 1970. Painting, 25.5x32in.


Please see the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition for further guidance.