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Citing images

Are Creative Commons Attribution & APA Reference Citations the same?


No, Creative Commons tells you how a resource (i.e. audio,  image, and video files) is licensed and defines the permission level or attribution. 

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted "work". A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they (the author) have created and does not replace APA reference citations. 

APA is a style guide for writing and formatting academic documents and reference citations. 

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Feminine stock photography. Free-styled images for your projects.

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