USC Libraries and other related resources supporting academic scholarship in the spatial sciences.
- To get help with GIS or geospatial research request an appointment or email questions to Andy Rutkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Computers with ArcGIS and other statistical software are located in the lower level PC computer lab at Leavey Library.
Spatial Sciences Institute at USC
- Make an appointment with the SSI HelpDesk to find out how they can help you with your research projects.
- Get information from SSI about purchasing software.
- USC GeoPortal
Centralized repository of spatial data layers for use by USC faculty, staff, and students. The interface allows users to search, preview, map, and download geospatial data including contours, land use, parcel data, and select census data for Los Angeles. For more details including complete data holdings, see the USC Spatial Sciences Institute (link below).
- USC Spatial Sciences Institute
For more details on the USC GeoPortal.
The resources listed below will get you started in finding GIS and spatial data.
- Social Explorer
Allows users to create maps and generate reports based on demographic data from the United States Census.
An interactive map viewer allows you to look at data that is focused on various issues around policy, including data on demographics, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health, and more.
Web-based mapping application enables non-technical users to quickly create thematic maps and reports/tables using extensive demographic, social, business and marketing data. USC users only.
- American FactFinder
Interactive database that provides quick access to Census statistics about population, housing, industry, and business.
The resources listed below will get you started in finding GIS and spatial related literature.
- Wiley Online Library
An interdisciplinary collection that features collections in Earth and Environmental sciences as well as Architecture and Planning. This database also provides access to "Transactions in GIS" a key journal for spatial and GIS research
- Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
Includes Social Sciences Citation Index.
- Environment Index
A comprehensive database to journal articles covering all aspects of environmental policy and politics.
Known for its interdisciplinary scope, JSTOR also provides access to a strong collection of articles on spatial studies/GIS via subject areas including, Geography, Transportation Studies, Urban Studies, Development Studies, and History of Science and Technology.
**The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available.**
- USC Digital Library
The USC Digital Library is a great resource for archival materials in and about Los Angeles. There are numerous individual items from particular locations, including images of streets, bridges, buildings, murals, etc.
- ProQuest - Multiple Databases
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