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ITECH 110 - Digital Imaging 1 : Professor Krikun: Crediting Images

This research guide will help students in Digital Imaging understand Creative Commons,different types of image licensing agreements and how to search for images for reuse and modification.

Crediting Images

While you don't need to follow MLA or APA or any other citation format to credit images or other media on a website you still need to credit the original source material regardless of what permission was given to reuse it or how much it was modified from the original.

Creative Commons states:

A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

  • Title: What did the original creator name the item?
  • Author: Who created it?
  • Source: Where did you find it?
  • License: Are you allowed to use it?

Depending on where you find your images, the creators may want you to include other information. For example the Library of Congress asks that you include the name of the collection within the Library of Congress the image belongs to (e.g. Wright Brothers collection).

See the links below for more information on best practices for crediting sources along with examples for various license types and media.

Crediting Images

The Univac image is from the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress tell me how they would like their images to be credited:

4. How should I credit the Library as the source of the images I’m using?

When material form the Library’s collections is reproduced in a publication or website or otherwise distributed, the Library requests the courtesy of a credit line.

Ideally, the credit will include

  • preference to Library of Congress, and
  • the specific collection which includes the image, and
  • the image reproduction number (negative, transparency, or digital id number).


Univac photo with metadata


I created the following credit (which includes more information than they require):

[One man looks on as another man prepares Univac computer to predict a winning horse]. World Telegram & Sun photo by Herman Hiller, 1959. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. LC-USZ62-118471.

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