Creative Commons & Citing Sources

Creative Commons is a website where: "through the use of CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use."

The creators of the work shared on have specifically made their work available for others to use under the guidelines they select themselves.

First we're going to take a look at the different licenses, and then we'll do a search.

Citing Your Sources

Remember that any time you use someone else's creative work, you must tell where you got your information, photo, idea, etc. This is called "citing your sources" or "citation".

It might seem like citing sources is one of the last things you do, but it's super important that while you are researching and taking notes, you go ahead and cite the sources. If you wait until you've collected all of your information, you won't remember what you got from where. That means you will probably either cite the wrong source for a piece of information or forget it altogether which would be plagiarism.

So, when you read information or find a picture that sounds like something you'd like to use, go ahead and create the citation right then...before you take notes...before you insert the picture.

We will be using BibMe to create citations, but let's take a quick look at what information you need from a few different sources in order to create them.

Some things to know about online citation makers...

It is really easy to cut and paste website URLs to put into a citation maker. Most times, the maker won't find all of the information that goes into a citation. Some items that often aren't available are:

  • author
  • publisher
  • date published

It's okay if you don't find this information. You just need to make your best effort to look for it. :)

Citing a Book

The five pieces of information you need to cite a book are:

  1. Title/Name of book
  2. Author
  3. Publisher
  4. City where published
  5. Copyright or publication date (this is a year)

See if you can find these pieces of information for the book at your table.

Citing a Website

  1. Author and/or editor names (if available)
  2. Article name
  3. Name of the website
  4. Name of publisher (if available)
  5. Publication date
  6. URL
  7. Date you accessed the material (Date Accessed).

Creating a Bibliography or Works Cited page

After you have completed your project, you need to collect all of the citations for the sources you used into a bibliography or Works Cited page.

We list our sources so that others can locate them, too.

Works Cited

"Use & remix." Creative Commons. Creative Commons, n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2017. <>.

"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue University, 2017. Web. 01 Mar. 2017.