Research Support

Reference librarians are available to help you, your students, and your research assistants with research needs ranging from choosing a topic for a research paper to tracking down obscure materials.

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

Subject Librarians   Use the Directory (https://libraries.usc.edu/directory) to search librarians by Subject Expertise, or use the list on the Ask a Librarian page (below). Subject librarians provide research support, library instruction and course support, and collection development in their areas of expertise.

Ask a Librarian    Access help by chat and email here; also includes information about phone and in-person help, as well as a collection of Library FAQs.

Accessing and Using Resources

Recommend a purchase   Subject specialists review these requests and will respond in no later than 30 days.

Proxy borrowing cards   Give graduate students, program assistants, or other users the ability to check out materials for you.

Off-campus access issues

ADVOCAT    Law Library catalog

Scan and deliver (interlibrary loan and document delivery)    Information    Contact

Teaching Support and Instructional Services

Course reserves    Place library and personal items on physical and electronic course reserve for your courses. The course reserves guide includes important information about deadlines and copyright.

The aim of USC Libraries' instructional services program is to support students' information literacy development within the curriculum, through a variety of services and approaches:

Managing your Research/Publishing

RefWorks and Zotero    Online tools that let you track and manage citations and bibliographies.

Spreading the Word: Publishing Your Research & Extending Your Impact This guide has information to help you identify major journals in your field and understand how a journal or article's impact is measured. Information on open access is also included.

Set up Google Scholar to link to USC Libraries holdings in your search results. In Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com), under “Settings,” choose “Library Links” and type in “University of Southern California.”

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

Overview of Copyright and Fair Use (via Stanford)