Of the seven different types of Creative Commons, six require that you provide attribution; two require that if you modify the item that you license it in the same way. So what does this mean, and why is it important? It means that you have responsibilities as a user to tell people who created the original item, where you got it from and how it was licensed. In academia, we are very used to this concept: it's called citing. But attribution is different in that additional information about the license is included.
The Creative Commons provides information on how to properly provide attribution, as does Lumen Learning. If you are going to use an OER in your course, please be sure to follow these guidelines. A rule of thumb to remember is that a proper attribution should include the title of the work, the author, the source and the license (TASL).
The original content attribution statement takes the form “Original content contributed by PERSON(s) of INSTITUTION(s) to PROJECT.” Example:
Creative Commons (CC) Licensed Content
The CC licensed content attribution statement includes the title of the work, the author or publishing body, a link to the original location of the material, and the license information. Be sure to include a link back to the Creative Commons Web site that explains the license type. Example:
Modified CC Licensed Content
The CC licensed content statement takes the form “Content created by PERSON(s) of INSTITUTION(s) for PROJECT, originally published at URL under a LICENSE license.” Specify that this is a derivative and how your derivative is licensed. Include your name. Example:
Copyrighted Video Content
Public Domain Content
Public domain content should be attributed similarly to other content for consistency. Example :
CC Licensed Content with Specific Attribution Requirements
When CC licensed content includes specific instructions about how to attribute it, include the title, author, source and license as well as any specific instructions provided by the Licensor.
Comprehensive Attribution Statement (CAS)
This page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License and contains content from a variety of sources published under a variety of open licenses, including: