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Open Content Attributions

Open Washington has a very helpful Open Attribution Builder to help create attributions for the openly licensed materials that you reuse. Fill out the form and copy+paste the attribution into your own document. Make sure to place the attribution in the same place as the work you’re reusing so that readers know you’re crediting the original creator!

Sample attribution for an openly licensed image: “Creative Commons Licenses Infographic” by ricardo56 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

For more examples of good and not-so-good attribution statements, see Best practices for attribution on the Creative Commons Wiki.

Citations vs Attributions

Citation and attribution are similar concepts in that they both aim to give credit to others. Citations give credit when you use someone else’s ideas or words in your own work. Attributions give credit when you reuse or reproduce someone else’s openly licensed work. While citations help you avoid plagiarism, attributions fulfil a legal requirement.