When you think about having to cite sources, it is often in the context of how to avoid plagiarism. However, there is also another practical purpose of citing sources, which is to provide a path for others to find and use works by others.
You will want to provide a way for others to see where you used images, sounds, videos you used. You will need to think about how you will give rhetorically appropriate credit to the creators.
When citing openly licensed assets (images, videos, sounds, etc.), you have two different options to use. Openly licensed assets include assets with Creative Commons licenses or are in the Public Domain.
Attribution using this form includes displaying the title, author, source, and license type. Another acceptable format is to include the title, author, and license type. Below is an ideal example.
"Lake Hartwell Clemson" by Srikant Mishra from Pixabay is licensed under CC0 (Public Domain)
(Links to an external site.)
1. First, create a regular MLA Citation for Images found on a Website.
Format Structure for Citing Digital Images
Creator's Last name, First name. "Title of the digital image." Title of the website, First name Last name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL.
2. Second, add the license type for open media. This is where you want to pay attention to the type of Creative Commons license the media has. You can use the acronyms (CC BY SA) or use the text version (CC Attribution - Share Alike).
Creator's Last name, First name. "Title of the digital image." Title of the website, First name Last name of any contributors, Version (if applicable), Number (if applicable), Publisher, Publication date, URL. License type.
Keep in mind the following: