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Using Creative Commons Work

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enables the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. When an author chooses to give others the right to share, use, or build upon a personal work, he or she uses a CC license. 

There are six CC licenses, distinguished by the bundle of rights allowed: 

From "About the Licenses" by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 

 For more information see Creative Commons: About the Licenses 

How to Cite: 

A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym "TASL" (Title, Author, Source, License).

  • Title - Provide the title of the adopted work and hyperlink to the original source. If a title is not provided, don't worry about including it.
  • Author - Credit the author. Many times the licensor may want you to give credit to some other entity, like a company or pseudonym, or wants no credit at all - abide by their wishes. Also if the author has a webpage, hyperlink his or her name to the webpage. 
  • Source - Provide the URL where the work is hosted. 
  • License - Keep intact any copyright notice associated with the work.  Provide the exact name of the Creative Commons license under which the work was released, and hyperlink the license name to the its deed page. You can use acronyms instead.

Creative Commons Attributor: This application lets you enter information for title, author, license, organization, and project. You are not required to enter all information to have a citation generated. Click the ? icons to learn more about each area.

To use the Open Attribution Builder select the link below:

Open Attribution Builder


This application is:

  • to help you easily cite open material you find; as you fill out the form the application will automatically generate the attribution for you.
  • to cite only openly distributed work, such as work licensed by Creative Commons or released in the public domain.
  • to provide a default attribution statement. You’re welcome to modify the citation to make it more suitable to your needs.

This application is NOT:

  • to mark your own work with a Creative Commons license or to place your work in the public domain. To do so, please use the license chooser (for the CC licensed work) or CC0 Waiver (for the public domain work) provided by Creative Commons.
  • applicable for all types of materials; this application is only for openly released work.