How can I reference a Google Map?


If you are including a screenshot of a Google Map in your work, you need to cite it.

For example, suppose you want to use an image of Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia from this URL:,115.7447451,2317m

In your bibliography, there would be an entry like this:

MLA Style:

Google Maps. "Cottesloe Beach." Satellite image.  2017,,115.7448814,2286m. Accessed 18 June 2017.

APA Style:

Google Maps. (2017). Cottesloe Beach. Satellite image. Retrieved from,115.7447451,2317m

The in-text citation for this map, whether in a caption or in the body of the text, would look like this:

MLA Style:

Blah blah blah (Google Maps).

APA Style:

Blah blah blah (Google Maps, 2017).

If you have more than one Google Map in your paper, then you would need to distinguish them in each in-text citation, e.g.,

Blah blah blah (Google Maps, "Cottesloe Beach").

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