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Copyright information for NSCC faculty, staff and students.

Citing Images


APA - Citing an Image from a Website

  • No creator named: Use the image title as the author
  • No image title: Try placing your cursor over the image. The image title or description (if available) will be displayed.

APA Style Template for Website References -- The Internet as an Egg

Image Credit: Lee, C. (2010, November 18). The internet as an egg [Image].


Yellow Yolk: Content in the yolk is covered by clearly defined APA citation examples. See the NSCC APA Guide, By Type page for examples.

Egg White: Content represented in this area are less traditional resources, like images found on websites. Creating a reference is actually simple if you follow the template below.

You need to find four pieces of information:

  • Author / Creator
  • Date
  • Title
  • Source

The APA Reference Formula

Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Insert url address

APA Reference Example - The Egg Image on this page


APA Reference Example - Blog Post


The format description in brackets is used only when the format is something out of the ordinary, and provides information about the type of resource being referenced.

More information about using APA is available on the NSCC APA Guide.

Adapted from Lee, C. (2010, November 18). How to cite something you found on a website in APA Style [Blog post].

Creative Commons (CC) - Citing a CC Licensed Image

Creative Commons licensed content (with the exception of CC0 licenses) requires an attribution that includes the license type, with links to the content and the license description when reproduced in electronic formats.

Include 4 elements in a CC credit:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Source
  • License (The image license type is included in the reference and is hyperlinked out to the license terms)

The 4 elements written as a CC credit: Image Title by Author Name [Source] is licensed under CC License Type

Image Credit: Ella the Snow Dog by John Talbot [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0
For more information on Creative Commons go to the Creative Commons License section of OER guide.

NSCC Guidelines

  • Academic integrity is an important aspect of academic education. See NSCC Academic Integrity Policy
  • NSCC faculty and students are expected to include attribution for all copied works.
  • When your assignments include copied images, you must include references for the images.
  • Check with your instructor about whether a specific citation style is required.
  • Support for creating APA references is available from campus librarians.
  • Web-based support can be found here: NSCC APA Citation Style.

Credits vs References

A credit line under a visual is best practice when creating brochures, posters, or web content. Use when you need to give credit to the creator included in works that are not traditional academic papers. The requirement to acknowledge and give credit remains -- the how becomes more flexible. Make sure you include the CC license type for all CC licensed content.

Creating Brochures or Websites for Assignments?

  • Place image credits under the image whenever possible. You can use a small type size.
  • Place references in their own separate section. You can use a smaller type size for this section
  • A well created reference makes it easy for the reader (your instructor) to locate the source of the copied content.
  • If you purchased visual content under a license or are using your own photographs you don't need to include attribution, unless this is a requirement for your assignment.
  • Always check to make sure you have the 'right' to include the image -- consult your campus library staff if you have questions.

What is a Royalty Free Image?

Royalty Free does not mean no cost.

A royalty based fee schedule requires ongoing payment based on the number of times the content is used.

Royalty Free means a single payment (the permission fee) covers multiple use of the image without additional payments. It allows for more than one use of the image for the fee paid.

You pay for the image, but it is free of royalties or ... royalty free.