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OER and Creative Commons: Attribution Overview

A how-to guide for Creative Commons and OER.

Attribution: T.A.S.L

According to the Creative Commons Wiki, below is the recommended "Best Practices" for attribution:

Title: Title of Content

Author: Author of the Work with link to website if available.

Source: Link to the source of the work

License: The Creative License that accompanies the work and a link or URL to that license.



"Orange sunset." by Praziquantel is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"Orange sunset." by Praziquantel is licensed under CC BY 2.0 


What are Creative Commons Licenses?

Attribution for a Collection of works 


In the below example taken from the College of the Canyons Communications OER Textbook, "Fundamentals of Public Speaking," the authors have been included at the beginning of the chapter and the Creative Commons license has been placed at the beginning of the book as can be seen on page 2 of the text.


Screenshot of attribution from College of the Canyons Communications textbook chapter 2

Image of the College of the Canyons text book with the License information

Screehshots taken from "Fundamentals of Public Speaking" by Tammera Stokes-Rice, Victoria Leonard & Lauren Rome, edited by Trudi Radtke is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Attribution for Adapted Works 


To attribute works that have been remixed, this should be denoted through an additional statement, such as "This work is a derivative of..." or "Adapted from..." and then follow the same T.A.S.L guidelines for attribution.



Screenshot of attribution for an adapted work.

Screenshot of an attribution statement for an adapted work.

Screenshot from Faculty OER Toolkit by Shannon Moist is licensed under CC-BY 4.0


Note: Attributions should be listed as close to the adapted work as is feasibly possible and if there are multiple works that should be included, they can be placed in a list under the word "Attributions," at the bottom of the page or at the end of the applicable section.