Gerontology *: Find Books and Other Literature

Available electronic collections, books and journals

Books, Dissertations and, yes, Documentaries

Most of the resources on this page describe how to access print materials, but I would be remiss in not including this important site on documentaries. I will add more media sources in the days to come.

Search tips

Use the keyword search in search box on the USC Libraries' homepage. Keyword searching looks for the word or phrase in the citations - and can appear anywhere in that citation.  When searching the online catalog, enter the keywords, then use the left navigation bar to focus the search by applying limits. The Developing Keywords tutorial offers practice exercises to help develop the effective keywords for your search of non-indexed databases. For additional information on searching, including using Boolean terms, visit the Searching Solutions Research Guide.

Here are a few sample keywords in gerontology. When you find appropriate items, use keywords and subject headings from the work you find to improve your future searches.

  • Alzheimer*
  • aging
  • aged
  • elderly
  • geriatric*
  • gerontology

LC (Library of Congress) Subject Headings are an indexing system used primarily by libraries. Use indexing systems to retrieve more accurate lists of works specifically related to your field of study. For more information, visit the Library of Congress Authorities website. LC Subject Headings (in addition to search terms above) include:

  • Adjustment (psychology) in old age
  • Geriatrics
  • Long Term Care
  • Medicare
  • Older People
  • Social work with older people

PubMed MEDLINE uses the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to index citations. Updated annually, MeSH terms applied to journal articles are then retrieved in other search engines.

  • Geriatrics (or Gerontology) - applied to articles ABOUT this branch of medicine
  • Aged - can be used as a subject term or to limit articles to a those focusing on humans older than 65
  • Geriatric assessment, geriatric psychiatry, geriatric nursing geriatric dentistry - subject terms focusing on these specific area of research.

Online Catalogs

And For Items Not Available in Full Text?

To receive articles or books that the library that are not in full text:

  • Use the USC Libraries' USC Libraries Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery (IDD) service
  • Fill out the form for the type of item you're requesting
    • Borrow: book, thesis, microfilm, etc.
    • Scan and Deliver: article, book chapter, conference paper
  • Hard copies of materials (books and DVDs) will be mailed to your house (distance-based users) or can be picked up at the Leavey library on campus; Electronic materials (book chapters or articles) will be emailed to you as a PDF

For additional information: visit IDD and Home Delivery.

Like to Browse?

The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing the shelves at the Library. Browse either though Homer or by visiting the library.

Doheny Library (some also available through Grand)

  • BD 444 : Death and dying
  • BF 724.5 - 724.8 : Developmental psychology of adulthood and aging
  • BV 4435 : Religious work with the aged
  • BV 4580 : Religious life of the aged
  • GN 59.A35 Anthropology
  • GV 184 : Recreation of the aged
  • HQ 1060-1064 : Gerontology, social aspects
  • HV 1450-1494 : Protection, assistance and relief for the aged
  • HV 6626.3 : Elder abuse
  • QP 86 : Biology - Aging
  • R 726.5-726.8 : Euthanasia and terminal care
  • RA 777.6 : Aging and personal health
  • RC 521-524 : Dementia
  • RC 952-954 : Geriatrics

Science and Engineering

  • QP 86 Biology - Aging

Recommend a Book for Purchase

We encourage USC faculty, staff and currently enrolled students to recommend items for the library's collections. Subject specialist librarians will consider all recommendations and make a final decision on whether to purchase items.

Click here: Recommend a Book

USC Gerontology Dissertations and Theses

USC Gerontology doctoral dissertations are available in the USC Digital Library and can be searched in several ways:

  • USC Digital Library: Use:
    • Process:
      • First: search for Gerontology
      • Next: go to Add or remove other collections to your search and click on Show 77 more
      • Deselect: Select All Collections
      • Go to U and select all University of Southern California Dissertations and Theses
      • Click OK
    • To focus your search:
      • Use the Narrow Your Search options in the left navigation menu
      • Click Advanced Search on the drop-down menu in the search box, then Add another field

For more information, visit the USC Research guide: Dissertations.