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Analyzing Cartoons


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Contemporary Political/Editorial Cartoons


Search the catalog for the terms "political cartoons" or "editorial cartoons" or "Caricatures and cartoons"  You could also limit your search to various people or places or events such as "political cartoons" and" women "  or editorial cartoons and "cold war"

Search Proquest for editorial cartoons

To search for editorial cartoons about a particular event or subject,  use "More search options" and select the Document type: Editorial cartoon/comic

Cartoon Collections at libraries

Library of Congress suggested resources

Citing cartoons

MLA Format:

Artist's Last Name, First Name. "Title if Any." Description label (Cartoon or Comic strip). Publication Name Day Month Year: Page

     number. Medium in which viewed (Print or Web).


Block, Herbert. "The American Scene." Cartoon. New York Times 1 Feb. 1942: E3. Web


APA Format:

APA does not list "cartoon" as a specific example in its manual, but here are some ways to approach it:

If found in an online periodical (ex., newspaper) or periodical database:

Cite as you would a periodical article, but include a description [Cartoon] after the title of the cartoon (if there is one). If the cartoon does not have a title then include [Cartoon] after the date.


Block, H. (1942, February 1) The American scene. [Cartoon] New York Times. Retrieved from


If retrieved through an online archive, such Herblock's History exhibition through the Library of Congress, indicate the name of the archive.


Block, H. (1942, February 1) The American scene. [Cartoon] New York Times. Retrieved from the Library of Congress' Herblock's

     History Exhibition:

Thanks to harford Community College for this information on citations


AAEC etc.

Library of Congress political cartoons

More Library of Congress Resources

“Afflicting the Comfortable” Cartoonist Paul Conrad Puts Words Behind the Pictures.(Library of Congress Information Bulletin article)

American Cartoon Prints Link to more than 500 political prints made in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Search the entire collection by subject or click on the terms “political cartoons” or “caricatures.”

Bill Mauldin: Beyond Willie and Joe This online presentation celebrates Mauldin’s life and features a selection of original cartoons spanning his career as a cartoonist.

The Cartoon Cartoonist Herb Block writes about the political cartoon as a communication method

 Humor’s Edge: Cartoons By Ann Telnaes View the online exhibition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

RSS feed from the Daily Cartoonist

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