Distance Learners

Research Support

Subject Librarians   Use the Directory to search for librarians by Subject Expertise, or use the list on the Ask a Librarian page (below). Contact subject librarians for in-depth research help, workshops, and consultations.

Ask a Librarian   Get research help through email, phone, chat, or in person, or find your subject librarian.

Research Guides   Curated collections of resources and strategies by subject, discipline, and program.

Dissertations and Theses   Locate dissertations and theses at USC and beyond; information on preparing and submitting dissertations and theses.

Tutorials Learn important skills for conducting library research, such as knowing the best places to go for different information types, evaluating sources, and developing search terms.

Accessing and Using Resources

Borrowing Materials  Policies and procedures - distance users are afforded all of the same borrowing privileges as other students. Use Scan and Deliver for items USC owns (we'll ship them to you!), and InterLibrary Loan for items USC doesn't own

Recommend a Purchase

Remote access to electronic resources​

Course reserves   Electronic course readings
Scan and deliver   Interlibrary loan and document delivery for items that are both USC-owned and that are not owned by USC
Managing your Research/Publishing

Set up Google Scholar to link to USC Libraries holdings in your search results. In Google Scholar, under “Settings,” choose “Library Links” and type in “University of Southern California.”

USC Intellectual Property Policy

Academic Integrity: A Guide for Graduate Students​

Fair Use: Using Images in Papers, Theses, and Dissertations​

Organizing your Research​