MLA Citation :: Figures

  1. A figure is any illustration that isn't a table, including images, graphics, illustrations, maps, and photos.
  2. "Place figures as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they refer."
  3. Label as Fig., give it a number and a caption as shown in the example below.
  4. Place the citation immediately below the table. If the caption of the figure provides complete information about the source and the source is not cited in the text, no entry for the source in the works-cited list is necessary.
  5. Cite as you normally would based on where you found the figure. If you found the information on a web page, then format your citation as you would for a web page. Likewise, if you found the information in a magazine article retrieved from a library database, then cite it accordingly.
  6. Tables are cited in a slightly different way.Need to cite a table?


Fig. 1. Flag of Moldova. "Moldova." Encyclopedia Britannica. 2010. Web. 17 Oct. 2010.

Fig. 2. Map of Guam. "Territory of Guam." CultureGrams World Edition. 2010. Web. 13 Sept. 2010.

Fig. 3. Persian Cat. "Persian (Cat) ." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.,

18 Oct. 2010. Web. 20 Oct. 2010. <>.

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