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This LibGuide provides information about where to find different media formats including images, audio, and video.

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Welcome to the library guide about finding Multimedia Resources. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, please contact one of the librarians.  Each of the tabs at the top shows library databases and some reliable websites for each of the different types of multimedia resources.

Citing more than a book

This LibGuide explores the unique requirements for citing art, images, video, and other resources.

Why is Plagiarism Important?

Plagiarism is essentially using someone else’s words as your own. There are many different types of plagiarism, but they all involve citing your sources improperly. Copying and pasting other people’s words as your own or buying a paper from a paper mill is wrong. Someone worked hard to write that paper and it’s only fair to cite them as the source when you use their ideas. 

You are under a lot of pressure as students. That’s why the Writing Center Staff and the Librarians are here to help you. If you plagiarize, you could be expelled or suspended. Please follow this guide to avoid embarrassment or worse. To learn more about plagiarism, please see the Plagiarism LibGuide, available at

Why are Citations Important?

A citation gives information to your reader so they can locate your sources.  Think of it as a road map of directions.  Important information such as the publisher name, volume and issue numbers, date of publication, author name(s), title, etc., helps your reader discover the sources you used for your research paper or project. 

Why is Copyright Important?

Even if you correctly cite according to the citation style manuals and give credit that the ideas were created by someone else you could be violating copyright.  If the expressions are fixed in a tangible medium (for example the pages of a book, video clip on a dvd, pages in a journal, or even a written speech) then the ideas are most likely protected by federal copyright laws.  Why would you take the ideas and thoughts of someone without permission? 

There are guidelines when borrowing intellectual property from others.  If a brief amount of the work (generally less than 10%) is used for an academic purpose (non profit accreditated educational institution like USC Upstate) for less than one semester (not to be used again for a second time) then it is likely okay to use the material if access is restricted (limited to your professor or classmates) under fair use guidelines.  To find out more about copyright visit

Accessing Materials Outside of the Library

In order to create persistent links to some of the resources found on the following pages and to embed them into a presentation or webpage, you will need to follow the steps listed below. Please see more information at the Persistent Links LibGuide.

What is a persistent link?

A persistent link is a permanent link designed to facilitate access to an online article, database, or saved search.  These links can be used in course management software, on websites, or delivered via email.  It is also possible to generate links that allow viewers to access electronic resources from off-campus when the link is structured properly.

Why use persistent links?

  • Persistent links simplify the process of obtaining an article
  • Faculty may create links to their own publications
  • Articles may be integrated into the course, not simply residing on the library's website, where no clear connection to courses exists

Persistent link Example:

For Monday, please read the following:

Udell, Jon.  "Secrets of Screencasting."  InfoWorld 27.20 (2005): 34-34.  Academic Search Premier.  Web.  4 December 2009.


For Monday, please read the Secrets of Screencasting, by Jon Udell.

The Proxy Server

To access any USC Upstate subscribed articles or databases, users must be directed through the proxy server. This is done by affixing the following URL as a prefix to any copied web address:

Using the Proxy URL to create a persistent link

Join the proxy URL

to the base URL

and you have a persistent link