Managing Resources: Images

Images are frequently included in writing projects. There are a range of image formats available: 

  • Advertisement: pictures that are expressly about advertising material
  • Chart: these could be charts created from spreadsheets showing data
  • Exhibit: typically used for images acquired from Archives or Galleries
  • Figure: usually images that you have created yourself that illustrate aspects of your writing (e.g.,  Logos, Infographics, and other created images)
  • Picture: photos, that illustrate aspects of a story
  • Table: typically, data acquired or prepared to add depth to a story
  • Map: geographic maps of some kind (e.g., mountain ranges, a place)
  • Plan: drawings of buildings or some other architectural type plan
  • Screen clip: images clipped from a web page or some software

All images need to be uploaded into the relevant resource before it can be added to a project.

Customise Image

When you add an image to a writing project the following applies: 

  • Image size: you can choose small (1/3 page width), medium (half a page width) or large (full page width).
  • The Resource format (e.g., Table, see the list above) acts as the Caption label for images added to writing projects.
  • The 'Running title for caption' field appears as the running title with the caption label: in the body of a project and in a smart list. You can use the default running title you added in Resources, or edit it as you add the image. 
  • The 'Image Title' (e.g., Table Title) is an optional field that can also be displayed with an image in the Body of your writing project. You can use the default running title you added in Resources, or edit it as you add the image. 

Image legend

When you add an image to a writing project, you can also add a legend. The image legend allows you to record any detailed comments the reader should note about your image or the Source of your image (i.e., a reference). In the Style > Body, you can format the legend as you require: for example, 

  • You can add the Caption label and Image Number: this creates a cross-reference from the legend to the image (required by some styles)
  • You can add text (e.g., Source:) and then your legend text appears after the word Source

Image References

When you include a reference in the image Legend, be sure to check that the Style (References > Reference in legend) is using the correct method. There are three methods to choose from:

  • Citation Style: Author-date in text (e.g., Smith, 2012, p.3)
  • Citation Style: Footnote marker in text. This will list the reference the same way that it appears in normal footnotes.
  • Reference Entry: this will list the full reference as it appears in the Reference smart List
If any of the above Styles do not suit your desired approach (check your official style guide), you can always add the reference into the Legend manually yourself (i.e., type it out how you want it to appear).


  • If you need to quickly add a resource, open a second tab in your browser and go to Add Resources. This will allow you to continue writing (and adding resources) without having to close the writing editor.

See User Guide

  • Adding Resources
  • Adding Images
  • Style > Body > Images
  • Style > Smart Lists > Images


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