Attributing Images: essential elements
The following list will help you to attribute an image or visual media source for presentations, papers, or other formats that do not require a specific publication style.
Try to include the following elements in your attribution
- the creator of the work
- the title of the work
- the year(s) when it was composed/completed
- the materials involved in creating the work
- the institution that houses the work
- the date the image of the work was retrieved
- the website from which the image of the work was retrieved (include a hyperlink if the format allows).
Examples for some of the most common instances where attribution might be nessesary.
- Don't attribute an image to Google Images, look for attribution information on the page that actually hosts the image to provide the essential elements listed above
- The Creative Commons status of the image (and a link to the Creative Commons license page provided by the creator if the format allows) should be included.
- The Creative Commons status of a Flickr image is usually located to the right of the image under the “License” header.
- Creative Commons images may be found on a number of websites, see the information on restricted licensing for more information
- The rules above were created with the intention of providing basic citation information. There is no official set of rules for citing works found and/or composed on the internet
- Cosistency is important, bear in mind that the primary purpose of citing references is to help a reader/viewer find the original sources.
- Always do your best to credit the creator of a work and follow the licensing terms that they may have proposed