Citing open material

Attribution is important when you use Creative Commons (CC) licensed materials.

All CC licenses require that you credit the material's creator and that you 'cite' the source used. This requirement is called attribution and is shown as ‘CC BY’ in your material .


When attributing the creator of CC licensed work you must provide the following information:

  • Title - What is the name of the material?
  • Author - Who owns the material?
  • Source - Where can I find it?
  • License - How can I use it?

    The attribution should be reasonable and suited to the medium you're working with. Give the source's URL, the author’s website or channel, and the CC license when available. For examples, see the Best practices for attribution.

    Attribution by Foter (CC-BY SA)