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Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost (OER and ZTC)): Attributions



What is an Attribution?


Similar to to a citation, an attribution is a way to give credit to the original creator of an open licensed resource. While a citation protects the user of borrowed information from plagiarism and promotes academic integrity when copyrighted work that is not open is used, an attribution helps to protect a user legally when using creative works that have an open license.

A typical attribution is short containing the title of the work, the name of the creator, and the type of license held.


An example of a complete attribution would look like this:


"Haka" by Shiny Things is licensed as CC by 2.0


  • The title of the source links back to the original posting.
  • The author/creator of the source links back to the person's profile page.
  • The license links to the license.

For more information on best to worst attribution practices visit the  Creative Commons "Best practices for attribution" page.


Use the Open Attribution Builder from Open Washington to help create a complete attribution for your source.