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Open Education Guide: OER attributions

This guide is designed to help the SPSCC community learn about Open Education. It will help faculty and staff find, create, evaluate, and incorporate open educational resources for instructional and training purposes.

What are attributions, and how do you create them?

Basic form for the Open Attribution BuilderI want to know... how to give credit to OER that I use or create.

On this "OER attributions" page, learn:

  • What an "attribution" is
  • The basic TAL formula for attribution statements
  • Online tools to help you create attributions, like the Open Attribution Builder tool

What are attributions?

Citing openly licensed materials, whether they're images or videos or textbooks, is often referred to as "attribution" in the OER world. To "attribute" something, you are giving credit. It's the same idea as "citing" -- just a different term for it. 

Always give credit to OER you use/create by adding attribution statements.

The simplest formula for creating attribution statements is TAL: Title, Author, License.

Here's a sample attribution statement: 

"Difference between open license, public domain and all rights reserved copyright" by Boyoung Chae is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Here are the parts of that sample attribution statement:

  • Title:  "Difference between open license, public domain and all rights reserved copyright"
  • Author:  Boyoung Chae
  • License:  CC BY 4.0

How to create attributions:

This video answers the questions:

  • How do I properly attribute openly licensed materials created by others?
  • How do I properly attribute myself for creating/revising this course?
  • How do I openly license the entire Canvas course?

Technical notes:

  • This video uses captions.
  • Click the ^ arrow at the bottom of the video to use the table of contents.

Additional videos for how to create attributions in Canvas:

Below are additional, short how-to videos for TCC faculty (part of our "Faculty How Do I?" video tutorial series), with practical examples for how to create attributions in Canvas.

Below are additional links to how to easily create OER attributions with an Open Attribution Builder tool (seen above), as well as best practices for attributions.


Except where otherwise noted, the content in this page has been adapted from Faculty/Staff Guide to Open Educational Resources by Tacoma Community College Library, which is licensed under CC BY SA 4.0.