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How do I cite images?

It's best practice to credit your images (list the source and link to it whenever possible). Students, ask your instructors if they have a preferred citation style.

Creative Commons licenses

Attribution is required for all images with a Creative Commons license. When using Creative Commons images, use best practices for attribution. Include:

  • Title – the name of the material (if available)
  • Author – the owner of the material (this could be a person's name, a company name, or a user name on a site such as Flickr)
  • Source – where the image can be found (usually a URL or hyperlink)
  • License – which Creative Commons license the image has (for example, CC BY 4.0)

Here's an example of a complete citation for a Creative Commons image:
"Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Learn more

Open Washington provides a handy Open Attribution Builder tool that makes it easy to generate citations.

Creative Commons provides Best Practices for Attribution of Creative Commons-licensed materials.

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