Hello! I had a question on how to cite/reference an adapted image.

Hello! I had a question on how to cite/reference an adapted image. I am working on my doctoral capstone presentation and added some component to a diagram that was originally from a book. On my poster I currently have it cited as: "Adapted from Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation and Well-being, 3rd Edition by C. H. Christiansen, C.M. Baum, and J. Bass-Haugen, 2005". On my references list, I have it written as "Adapted from Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation and Well-being, 3rd Edition by C. H. Christiansen, C.M. Baum, and J. Bass-Haugen, 2005, SLACK Incorporated. Copyright 2005 by Slack Incorporated. "


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It looks like the book cited is an edited book so it needs to be treated as such. On your poster, follow the following format for the copyright attribution (see p. 390 APA Manual).

Adapted from “Title of Chapter,” by A. A. Author and B. B. Author, in E. E. Editor and F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of Book (edition, p. 13), year, Publisher. Copyright 2005 by Slack Incorporated.”

The reference list citation should follow the standard format for edited books (p. 326):

Author, A.A ., & Author, B. B. (2005). Title of Chapter. In E.E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.) Title of Book (pp. 13-33). Publisher Name.

As an FYI – normally you would need to seek permission to reprint or adapt an image but p. 387 of the APA manual states that permission is not typically needed when adapted for scholarly comment or educational purposes (and I would strongly argue your case for educational purposes). That said, p. 388 indicates that it’s best to obtain written permission from the publisher as all publishers have their own permission policies.

Let me know if you have additional questions!

Best,

Matt

Matthew Gray | Systems Librarian | mgray@usciences.edu

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