Question and Answer
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
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.