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Copyright

Information for faculty & students about using copyrighted materials at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Citing and Attributing Works

Citation Styles

It is always recommended to follow the appropriate citation style rules for your discipline to cite any works you use. The following citation styles are commonly used at Red Deer Polytechnic:

Attribution Formats

If you are using openly licensed works (e.g. public domain, creative commons), always attribute in the format the creator has indicated. If there are no instructions from the creator, then use Open Attribution Builder to create an attribution, or use TASL:

TASL - Include at minimum the following:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Source (i.e. the URL)
  • License type (i.e. Creative Commons)

Sample Citations & Attributions

Here are best practices for attributing and citing copyrighted works in your courses and presentations at the college:

  • All images, videos, and text resources used in your courses and slides need to be legally obtained.
  • Legally obtaining a work means that you have found a version that has been posted/uploaded/presented by the creator or copyright holder.
  • Look for watermarks, copyright information, and other identifiers that tell you whether that work was meant to be uploaded on the site you found it.
  • Try a reverse image search to find the source/creator of an image (TinEye, Google Search by Image).
Type of Source In Your Reference List
Use the citation style of your discipline; we've used APA 7th ed.)
In Your Course
Include next to the resource in your course
Image
Used for visual interest
(not used as a source of information)
n/a Plants in beakers. chuttersnap. Unsplash
Image
Used as an information source
Entertainment Software Association. (2017). 2017 sales, demographic, and usage data: Essential facts about the computer and video game industry. http://www.theesa.com/wpcontent/uploads/2017/04/EF2017_FinalDigital.pdf Average gamers by age group. Entertainment Software Association.
ESA.com
Video CrashCourse. (2018, March 18). Media & money: Crash course media literacy #5. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpYrSLiIoKo Media & money: Crash course media literacy #5. CrashCourse. YouTube
Online Text Resources
(e.g. articles, websites)
Use permanent links (permalink) to RDP Library
resources (if applicable)
Carpenter, A.C., & Schacter, D.L. (2017). Flexible retrieval: When true inferences produce false memories. Journal of Experimental
Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43
(3), 335-349. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000340
Carpenter, A.C., & Schacter,
D.L. (2017). Flexible
retrieval: When true
inferences produce false
memories. Journal of
Experimental Psychology:
Learning, Memory, and
Cognition, 43
(3), 335-349.
https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000340

 

Cite Your Images

Images such as photographs, clipart, charts, and diagrams must include a citation or attribution to the image source.

How do I know I can use an image I found online?

Image Used for Visual Interest 

  • Image is not used as a source of information
  • Do not include in References or Bibliography
  • Include attribution below image
  • Image collections such as Pixabay and Unsplash may suggest attribution format
  • If no format is suggested, then include at minimum the following information:
    • Title
    • Author
    • Source (i.e. the URL)
    • License type (i.e. Creative Commons)

How this looks in your presentation or poster:

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash
(Plants in beakers. chuttersnap. Unsplash.)

How this looks in your References or Bibliography:

Images used only for visual interest do not need to be included in your References or Bibliography.


Image Used as Information Source

  • Include full citation in References or Bibliography using APA, MLA, Chicago or other citation style
  • Include attribution below image in this suggested format:
    • Title
    • Author
    • Source (i.e. the URL)

How this looks in your presentation or poster:

Average Gamers by Age Group Chart
(Average gamers by age group. Entertainment Software Association. ESA.com

How this looks in your References or Bibliography:

Entertainment Software Association. (2017). 2017 sales, demographic, and usage data: Essential facts about the computer and video game industry. https://www.theesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ESA_EssentialFacts_2017.pdf

Note: Citation format will vary depending on style used; this example is cited in APA (6th ed.) style.