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Political Cartoons: Citing Cartoons

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REMEMBER: Check with your professors regarding their citation requirements before creating your works cited or bibliography.

Format for citing political cartoons

MLA Format:

Artist's Last Name, First Name. "Title if Any." Publication Name, date of publication, page number or URL if online.

Example #1 (political cartoon retrieved in print):

Block, Herbert. "The American Scene."  New York Times, 1 Feb. 1942, E3.

Example #2 (political cartoon retrieved from a website):

Block, Herbert. "What's This About Your Letting the Common People Come in Here and Read Books?" Washington Post, 6 June 1954. Library of Congress. Accessed 6 Aug. 2018.

APA Format:

APA does not list "cartoon" as a specific example in its manual, but here are some ways to approach it:

If found in an online periodical (ex., newspaper) or periodical database:

Cite as you would a periodical article, but include a description [Cartoon] after the title of the cartoon (if there is one). If the cartoon does not have a title then include [Cartoon] after the date.


Block, H. (1942, February 1) The American scene. [Cartoon] New York Times. Retrieved from


If retrieved through an online archive, such Herblock's History exhibition through the Library of Congress, indicate the name of the archive.


Block, H. (1942, February 1) The American scene. [Cartoon] New York Times. Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Herblock's

     History Exhibition: