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Using Images at University

Providing attribution

Attribution is a legal requirement when using Creative Commons licenced material.  The "BY" in CC BY means "use with attribution". Works in the public domain do not strictly require attribution, however sources should always be referenced to avoid plagiarism.

When attributing a work under a CC licence you should:

  • 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.

The following is an example of attributing a creative commons image.

"Waiting for Spring" by Christian Kortum is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

More examples and best practice for CC attribution is on the Creative Commons wiki.


Images used in your assignments require referencing to acknowledge the source of information.

The Referencing at Charles Sturt University webpage has lots of helpful information about referencing including links to the following resources:

  • Academic Referencing Tool
  • APA 7th Referencing Summary PDF
  • APA 7th Example Reference List

The main referencing style at Charles Sturt University is APA 7th though this is not the only style used at the University and you should check with your lecturer if you are unsure.

Charles Sturt University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.Acknowledgement of Country

Charles Sturt University is an Australian University, TEQSA Provider Identification: PRV12018. CRICOS Provider: 00005F.