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Staying Informed in Social Work Practice: Alumni Library Services

This guide offers resources for staying current with social work research after graduation from USC School of Social Work. It includes information on library services available to you as alumni and links to free databases, government sites and resources.

Library services lost after graduation

  • Off-campus access to electronic resources, like databases, online journal articles, and e-books
  • Access to the document delivery and interlibrary loan services
  • Access to ARES

Library services available to alumni

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of standard circulating material, up to 40 items at a time (with alumni card)
  • Remote access to the database, ProQuest Research Library, is available to members of the USC Alumni Association (please see note below for more info about accessing this database)
    • ProQuest Research Library is a multi-disciplinary database that covers dozens of subject areas and indexes thousands of general and scholarly titles and provides full-text for a significant number of the articles included.
  • Use of library information kiosk computers to connect to subscription and other resources. 
    • Access can be requested at any Reference or Circulation desk (computer labs, including those in Leavey, not included).
  • Use of library scanners and photocopiers
  • Paging of materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Access to RefWorks account (this is for already activated accounts; new USC RefWorks accounts cannot be created after graduation)

Important note: Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of all current USC students, faculty—including visiting and part-time—and staff. 

Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.

Your USC degree includes free lifetime membership in the USC Alumni Association.

As a member of the USC Alumni Association, you can access the ProQuest Research Library through the Alumni Association log-in page.

To obtain a user name, password and an alumni card, go to the Alumni Association benefits site.

Subject Guide

Melanee Vicedo
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