If you need to use our materials or resources that we link to in a paper, a presentation, a course, etc, you will want to come up with a proper citation.
In most cases, we link to learning content that is created and/or hosted by others. We do our best to make clear who made it, where you can find the original, and what the license is, but you will also encounter some special cases, especially among our textbooks and original Saylor Academy materials.
Attributed third-party learning materials
Textbooks without attribution
The great majority of our textbooks are not published by Saylor Academy -- we host and distribute texts that have been authored and published by others. In many of our texts, you will see this notification:
This text was adapted by Saylor Academy under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License without attribution as requested by the work's original creator or licensor.
Most unattributed textbooks have a licensing and citation page in the HTML versions listed at www.saylor.org/books -- typically, these pages list Saylor Academy as the publisher and 2012 as the year of publication.
MLA, APA, and other common formats provide information on how to cite works when no author is given.
Searching the web will provide more information on these textbooks from the original publisher.
Original materials without attribution
Some of our learning resources were created by our academic consultants and are shared within our courses without attribution to an author and without a date of publication.
In general, your citation can include Saylor Academy as the publisher and indicate that there is no author.
The URL for the material may include a year, which is probably the year of publication on the Web.
A good example resource is "The End of the Old World and the Beginning of the New". Here is the URL:
The footer of this article indicates the course and the unit this article can be found in. In this case, the document is linked from Unit 1.1.1 of HIST103.
In the URL, the year of publication can be found: 2013. The author is not indicated.