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APA Style Guide: 7th Edition

Citing Image Content Created by AI

Use this template to quote or reproduce the image content generated by AI in your paper. 

Best practices recommended by APA Style: 

  • Describe how you used the tool in your Method section or in a comparable section of your paper, such as introduction
  • Provide the prompt you have used and any portion of relevant text that was generated in response. This may be provided in an appendix or as figures and supplemental materials.

Formatting Examples


Author of the Model. (Year of the version). Name of the model in italics (Version number) [Descriptor]. https://source_address



OpenAI. (2023). DALL-E (Version 2) [Artificial intelligence system].


  • Author: The author of the model (tool)
  • Date: Year of the version used
  • Title: The name of the model (tool)
  • Version number: Version of the model/tool used
  • Additional description: Using bracketed text, provide extra information to help a reader understand what is being cited. Different versions and software or models from various companies may need different descriptions, based on how the company describe the model
  • Link: Use the URL that links as directly as possible to the source (the page where you can access the software, not the company's homepage)

Recommendation for incorporating AI generated image in-text is outlined below:

Reference Information

OpenAI. (2023). DALL-E (Version 2) [Artificial intelligence system].

Inserting the AI-generated image in coursework

Provide the following information: 

  • Figure number
  • Image title
  • Note providing details about the prompt and the source

Figure 1

Example of an AI generated Image 

Note: Image generated using the prompt "A photo of a teddy bear on a skateboard in Times Square," by OpenAI, DALL-E, 2023 (


Remember, in-text citation formatting may change depending on a number of factors.

See Number of AuthorsPublication Date, and Page/Paragraph Number or Heading for more information.