Skip to Main Content

Criminal Justice


chat loading...


Need help on writing your paper or have general research questions? Get 24/7 help from a librarian!

Contact Us



Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

**  Hours vary during summer session, school breaks and exams. Please call or follow us on  for updates!

You can also follow us on     and  

Have a Question?

Call Us:  864-587-4208

Email Us:   

Use our "Have a Question or Comment?" Form

Citation and Writing Help

Citation generators are online tools which facilitate the creation of works cited and bibliographies. Citation creators use web forms to take bibiographic information retrieved from information supporting your research and output the information according to guidelines and standards, such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Assoication(APA) The Chicago Manual of Style(CMS), Turabian, etc., 

Get one-on-one help with your paper from a member of the English Department!

More information about receiving help and guides on reading strategies, note taking, writing an essay and more can be found on The Write Place page.

LOCATION: Ellis 218 (current hours will be posted on the door)    




1. How should a student begin the research process for a paper?

Assignments will vary from teacher to teacher, but it is never a bad idea to start in reference for an overview of the topic.  Then the student should progress to the catalog to search for additional books and the online databases to search for articles.  Librarians are happy to assist with any research needs.

2. What is the difference between searching an online database and searching on the Internet?

When searching online databases, students will find articles that can be considered as respected, verifiable research sources.  Typically students will find articles from magazines, scholarly journals, and reference books in these databases and can be assured that the sources are appropriate for academic writing. 

When searching the Internet, students may find good information, but extra steps are needed in verifying the validity/accuracy of such information.  In addition, most Internet sources are typically not considered academic/scholarly and may be disallowed by many teachers.  The library staff is happy to answer any questions about evaluating Internet sources.

3. What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is just like a standard bibliography with the addition of a summary of each source.  Information on annotated bibliographies can be found by visiting “How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography” (courtesy of Cornell University Library). 

Information on MLA style can be found by visiting “MLA Style,” (courtesy of Williams College Libraries).

4. How can a student avoid plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a serious offense and cannot be fully addressed in a short answer.  Generally, you always give credit to ideas you are quoting or paraphrasing.  For more specific information, ask your teacher, ask a librarian, or visit the very detailed plagiarism handout created by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).