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All about Open Educational Resources: Creative Commons Attribution

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Providing Attribution for Creative Commons-Licensed works

To properly attribute works that you reuse under a Creative Commons license we recommend using the acronym TASL, which stands for: Title, Author, Source, License.

1. Title – What is the name of the material?

If a title was provided for the material, include it. Sometimes a title is not provided; in that case, don't worry about it.

2. Author  - Who owns the material?

Name the author or authors of the material in question. Sometimes, the licensor may want you to give credit to some other entity, like a company or pseudonym. In rare cases, the licensor may not want to be attributed at all. In all of these cases, just do what they request.

3. Source – Where can I find it?

Since you somehow accessed the material, you know where to find it. Provide the source of the material so others can, too. Since we live in the age of the Internet, this is usually a URL or hyperlink where the material resides.

4. License – How can I use it?

You are obviously using the material for free thanks to the CC license, so make note of it. Don't just say the material is Creative Commons, because that says nothing about how the material can actually be used. Remember that there are six different CC licenses; which one is the material under? Name and provide a link to it, eg. for CC BY.

These best practices are based on actual CC license requirements. Noting the title is a requirement of all CC licenses version 3.0 or earlier, and optional for 4.0. Noting the author, source, license, and retaining any extra notices is a requirement of all CC licenses. See the Best Practices for Attribution Wiki page for more information.
Text taken from Best Practices for Attribution page of the Creative Commons Wiki, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license. The Creative Commons organization is responsible for content on the Creative Commons Wiki.

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