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FYSE 125 The Border -- Owens: Home


In Today's Session We Will...

  • Learn tips for finding news and academic journal articles in the library Discovery Service
  • Understand how to properly format MLA in-text and bibliographic citations
  • Learn how to find reusable images online
  • Know how to get help!

Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus

When accessing library resources from off-campus, expect to be prompted to sign in to gain access. Use your MyCharleston username and password. 

If you are using Google Scholar, you can see if CofC Libraries has access by setting up a library connection in Google Scholar. 

Background Research

It can be useful to look at some reference sources (like encyclopedias) when you are beginning research on an unfamiliar topic. Typically, you would not cite these sources in a scholarly paper. Credo is a library database filled with encyclopedias and other reference works.

Search CofC Libraries Discovery Service

Search for books, articles, and more.

MLA In-Text Citations and Bibliography

When you paraphrase or directly quote one of your sources in your paper, you will need to include a properly formatted in-text citation. You'll also include all your sources in a bibliography at the end of your paper.

Here is an example:


The cushion sea star population on Bocas del Toro, Panama, has declined due to increased tourist activity on beaches (Scott). 


Scott, Blake C. "Sea Stars Disappear from Beach in Panama." HuffPost, 6 Dec. 2017,

_b_12788512. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

There are many variables in creating citations, so it's helpful to have a go-to resource for guidelines and examples. In addition to the CofC Citation Styles guide, the following guide from Columbia College offers clear, detailed guidance. 

Finding Reusable Images Online

The Internet contains millions of images, and it is usually easy to download a copy of an image for reuse in a presentation or some other project. 
Keep in mind two things:

  • Image quality: Many online images are formatted to load quickly on screen, and they may look pixilated if you enlarge them for a presentation slide or print them in a paper.
  • Copyright: While using an image in an assignment is generally allowed under educational fair use, images online are protected by copyright just like other types of creative works (books, videos, music, etc). It's good practice to provide credit (attribution) when you use someone else's image, and if you know where to look, you can search specifically for images that come with permissions to reuse them. 

Using Google Images

One way to find these images is through a Google image search. Do a regular search on Google, then click Images, or start at

Use the Tools to find images that are high quality and licensed for reuse:

  • Click Size and select Large
  • Click Usage Rights and select the best one for your purposes. Labeled for Reuse with Modification offers the most flexibility.

Google Image Search Tools

Other Places to find Images

Creative Commons license - WikipediaMany of the images online that can be freely reused have something called a Creative Commons license. Look for the CC logo as you are searching. There are different types of CC licenses, but all of them allow you to use a CC-licensed work for noncommercial purposes (like education), as long as you credit the person who created it.

Try some of the following sites to find high-quality, reusable images licensed with Creative Commons or similar open licenses.

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