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Available electronic collections, books and journals

Welcome to our Gerontology Research Guide

This guide is meant to give an overview of materials and resources available at USC Libraries for researchers in Gerontology. Use the tabs on the left to find useful resources for finding articles, background information, and more.


Ready to jump in? Here are the top things to know about starting your research in Gerontology:

  • ALWAYS access databases and search engines (including Google Scholar) through the USC Libraries homepage! The links take you to the USC databases to which you have FREE access and for which you've already paid.
  • Article literature includes two databases focused specifically on gerontology: Ageline and Abstracts in Social Gerontology . Additional sources include: PyscINFOPubMed@USC and even Google Scholar (which links to articles available across the web from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies and universities).
  • Looking for Course Reserves? In addition to Blackboard, professors may also post assigned readings in the USC Libraries Course Reserves (excluding those in your textbooks).
  • Ask me when you get stuck!
    • See my contact information on the right
    • 24/7 chat & more reference options: Ask-A-Librarian

Where Do I Start?

Not Exactly Sure Where To Start?

To know where to look, you first need to know what you are looking for. Think about all the aspects you need to address your topic, these become your initial "keywords". Then it's time to start digging into your topic.

  • Define your topic
  • Identify keywords and terms to assist you in searching for articles and other resources
  • Find background information; items in the Reference collection - particularly subject encyclopedias - are great starting points for your research (Encyclopedia articles offer concise overviews of a topic, summaries of key research in a particular discipline, and often include a bibliography which can serve as a starting list of sources for your project.)
  • From your selected articles and databases, locate additional keywords and subject terms to focus and expand your search

The USC Libraries Knowing Where to Look tutorial is a great place to start identifying the best search engines for your research questions. Additional resources include the Developing Keywords tutorial and Searching Solutions research guide.

Managing Your Resources

Managing all the materials you find and review is a key to success. Visit these Research Guides on tools you can use to save, organize and output your citations.

  • RefWorks: Web-based citation manager with access provided by USC Libraries
  • EndNote: Web-based citation manager tool with access provided by USC Libraries via the Web of Science
  • Mendeley: Free, online cloud-based citation management tool 
  • Zotero: Free, online and downloaded citation management tool

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