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Crediting Sources for Your Images It is common for people to include images in their presentation slides or reports. When we do that, it would be good to also include a note next to the image to say who the creator of the image is and where it is obtained from. This is good scholarly practice as it tells people that the image does not come from you but from others. It also gives people an opportunity to check out the source in case they want to find out more.

I found this beautiful photograph of a hoverfly at Wikimedia Commons with such a license and I could attribute it in the following way:

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Attribution is about crediting a copyright holder according to the terms of a copyright license, usually crediting artistic works like music, fiction, video, and photography.

There is no right or wrong attribution format. According to Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation concerned with sharing of creative work, there is more than one style of attribution. It suggests including the Title, Author, Source and License (or TASL). Making attribution is sometimes a copyright requirement. For example, if you were to use an image with ‘Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported’ license, you are free to share and adapt it under the condition that you give appropriate credit. Appropriate credit here means “providing the name of the creator and attribution parties, a copyright notice, a license notice, a disclaimer notice, and a link to the material”. Refer to ‘Best practices for attribution’ ( by Creative Commons.

‘Eristalinus quinquestriatus’ by Vengolis is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 3.0

“For cases where the image does not come with a requirement for attribution, it may be true that no one would come after you if you do not make any attribution,” said Tham Jing Wen, a Scholarly Communication Librarian in NTU Libraries. “However, it is still good practice to give credit to the creator. It is not only fair but also a sign of integrity.” Goh Su Nee Senior Assistant Director (Scholarly Communication Group)


Corrosion: The Natural Enemy of Materials Corrosion is always an important topic for engineering students who study materials science, civil engineering, aerospace, maritime, and others. It happens everywhere and occurs in all types of materials. It can result in the failure of a component or system, and sometimes, leads to the loss of human life. It can also be used to produce products such as the etching process in semiconductor industry. At NTU Libraries, we help you in your exploration of this topic through our library books, journals, and databases. Journals

Books Corrosion and Corrosion Control: An Introduction to Corrosion Science and Engineering Call no.: TA462.U31 2008 Location: Lee Wee Nam Library Fundamentals of Corrosion: Mechanisms, Causes, and Preventative Methods Location: 1 copy available at Virtual Library

Corrosion for Everybody Location: 1 copy available at Virtual Library Corrosion

Material and Corrosion

Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology

Databases: ASM Handbooks Online Vol. 13 A Vol. 13 B Vol. 13 C

Corrosion: Fundamentals, Testing, and Protection Corrosion: Materials Corrosion: Environments and Industries

CRCnetBASE: “Material Science” - “Corrosion” Engineering Village

More resources are available in MSE subject guide: Men Yali Engineering Librarian (Materials Science & Engineering)


Library Xpress Volume 9 Issue 1 August 2014  

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