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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Adapted from Open educational resources (OER) Guide by UQ Library. We would like to thank UQ Library for letting us use their guide as a template.

Find and use images

It is important to correctly attribute any images you use. Unless the images have been provided by a service which has specifically told you that you do not need attribution, provide the creator's name, title, URL and the type of Creative Commons license if available.

Think TASL: Title, Author, Source, License

Bare minimum:

Image by GDW.45 [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Best practice:

Image: Blue Winged Kookaburra by GDW.45, CC BY-SA 3.0.

N.B. The above is best practise if you can link to the source in the title (f possible, you should also try to link to the creator's details from their name). If you are producing a print work and cannot link out, also include the source. For example: Blue Winged Kookaburra by GDW.45, from Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Please Note:

Some referencing styles (like APA) have specific requirements for acknowledging the copyright holders for images. If you are preparing a document according to a particular style, find out what that style requires for referencing and acknowledgment.

Attribution vs Referencing

Some image licenses do not require attribution (e.g. CC0, Unsplash licenses, some Morguefile licenses). This is not relevant for referencing in assignments. In an assignment, you should cite all of your sources, even if they are marked as not requirig an attribution.

Image search engines

Photo collections

Icons and clip art

Specialist image sites


Health and medical


Contemporary and historical

Edit images

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Creative Commons Licence
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 International License. Content from this Guide should be attributed to James Cook University Library. This does not apply to images, third party material (seek permission from the original owner) or any logos or insignia belonging to JCU or other bodies, which remain All Rights Reserved.