I'm wanting to cite this image here, in a piece of work I'm doing. As I'm using biblatex what's the best method of citing it?


I suggest the following entry:

 author  = "Wikimedia Commons",
 title   = "Plaques of Lambda Phages on E. coli XL1-Blue MRF",
 year    = "2007",
 urlseen = "03-02-13",
 url     = "https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3aLambdaPlaques.jpg",
 note    = "File: \ttfamily{LambdaPlaques.jpg}",

My suggestion based on the described rules here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_Wikipedia#BibTeX_entry

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    What’s with the license? And the user "Madboy” is not needed to be mentioned?
    – Speravir
    Mar 2 '13 at 21:56
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    @Speravir: Is the user the author or only the uploader? I think this isn't clear and so I would use Wikimedia as author. Mar 2 '13 at 21:57
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    I don’t know, but I would add this name. The more important issue in my eyes is not naming one of the licenses, though.
    – Speravir
    Mar 2 '13 at 22:00
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    I've went with something similar to this, though shouldn't urlseen be urldate ?
    – Ben
    Mar 2 '13 at 23:02
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    I think the licence should be added within the citation in the text. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/… blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/…
    – G. Bay
    Jun 28 '16 at 13:05

Note that OP's photo is authorless, hence the previous answer is tailored only to this photo. The full notice read:

No machine-readable author provided. Madboy assumed (based on copyright claims).

(Madboy is the user uploads this photo.) In general there's no reason to put Wikimedia Common as the author of the photo.

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