Creative Commons (CC)

Attributing CC-licensed works

The same principles apply to providing attribution across all CC licences. These are the things to include in your attribution:


• credit the creator;
• provide the title of the work;
• provide the URL where the work is hosted;
• indicate the type of licence it is available under and provide a link to the licence (so others can find out the licence terms); and
• keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work.

(taken from the "Attributing Creative Commons work" document below)

The links below give sample references - you may need to adapt the format for your referencing style:

Attributing images - an example (online)

Rozema, J.  (2006). Spinny, Spiney Kite. (Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

This is an example of how to attribute when you are on an electronic platform (eg Moodle). Links are embedded. You may need to adapt the format for your reference style.

Attributing images - an example (offline)

Austin, S. (2007). New Zealand Christmas tree - Pohutukawa. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sondyaustin/2120390720/

This is an example of how to attribute when you are working offline (eg: in print or powerpoint). As you cannot provide hyperlinks between content, you need to provide more detailed information.

You can either name the CC Licence or download the CC licence button.