Using and sourcing material

Making History consent forms

You must have permission to use the material in your digital history, and you must reference your material at the end. These two things are essential and your work will not be uploaded to the Making History site without them.

Permission to use material

Everything in your digital history must be:

  1. Original work created by you, such as video footage you recorded;
  2. In the public domain, meaning it is not copyrighted;
  3. Copyrighted material that you have permission to use, such as:
  • Photos from Museum Victoria’s Collections Online.
  • Where you have a signed consent form from the creator to use it (eg, footage of an interviewee and/or a photo they provide you).
  • Creative Commons licensed work.


No other copyrighted material must be used in your digital history.
Videos containing copyrighted material other than the above exceptions will not be approved for uploading to the Making History website.

Consent from participants

All interviewees must give their consent to appear in digital histories. Use the participant agreement form to do this. See more guidelines under Permission and privacy.

Creative Commons material

Creative Commons is a system where creators allow the public to use their copyrighted material under specific conditions, which are outlined in a licence. Creative Commons licensed material is a particularly great source of photos and audio for your digital history. Start by reading the Creative Commons information pack for teachers and students, which explains what Creative Commons is, how to find Creative Commons licensed material, and how to correctly attribute it.

Reference your sources

Everything that appears in your digital history must be acknowledged. To do this, list your sources at the end. This includes:

  • The name of anyone you’ve interviewed
  • Photos or illustrations
  • Documents
  • Audio such as songs or sounds
  • Anything else you’ve used


Speak with your teacher about the level of detail required when listing your sources. If you’ve used material that falls under a Creative Commons licence, it needs to be attributed in a specific way, which the creator would've outlined when you acquired their material. See also the Creative Commons document, 'How to Attribute Creative Commons Licensed Material'.