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Summer Bridge - Research Tips from the USC Libraries   Tags: library help, primary_sources, research  

This guide is intended primarily to support students in the Summer Bridge program, though a lot will be useful to all undergraduates
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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USC Libraries and Hours

  • USC's Libraries
    USC have over 20 libraries, counting specialized collections within other library buildings, and including both campuses and remote sites. Find out what the libraries are, and their links on the USC maps, at this site!
  • Libraries' Hours
    The various libraries are open different hours, which also vary per semester. For example, Leavey Library is open 24/6 during the Fall and Spring semesters. All libraries have shorter hours during the Summer semester. Click "Libraries' Hours" above for detailed information on hours the libraries are open.

Printing in the USC Libraries

  • Library Printing
    The USC Libraries provide numerous Xerox machines for printing, copying, and scanning. Printing is also possible remotely from wireless devices. For more specific information on cost, double-sided, color printing and other options, follow the "Library Printing" link above.

Remote & Wireless Access

If you are using a wireless device to connect to the Libraries' online resources, OR if you are off campus, you MUST login either:

  1. Via the login button on the MyUSC page, or
  2. Through the Libraries' proxy server.

This will validate that, as a USC person, you have the right to access our resources.  The links from the Libraries' web site include a link to the proxy server, so if have not logged in through MyUSC, you may be prompted for your USC e-mail username & password.


Welcome to the USC Libraries

As you begin your academic career at USC, we in the USC Libraries want to let you know we are here to help you do your best! 

We have printed books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs in the libraries at USC.  We also have thousands of online journals and e-books that you can access from the Web. 

You can study in any of the libraries, and Leavey Library and Doheny Library have group study spaces you may reserve online

The rest of the boxes on this guide will point you to some library resources in more detail -- these are resources your Summer Bridge professors think will be especially useful to you. 

You will get a chance to meet several librarians several different times in your Bridge experience:

  1. The Orientation
  2. Your EDPT 110 Class
  3. Your Writing 120 Class  (focus is on "Resources for Your Research at the USC Libraries")

Our goal in the library sessions will be to help you to:

  • Contact librarians for research assistance, including using Research Guides like this one
  • Understand the library resources exist in both electronic/online and print formats
  • Be able to search several article and newspaper databases for information to support your research papers and your studies
  • Evaluate the Libraries' and other information resources to see if they are appropriate and valid for your USC schoolwork
  • Be able to sort out popular vs. scholarly resources in the databases, in print, and on the Internet

Again, welcome, and Fight On!

~ Ben Lea & Sara Tompson

Last update: June 2012



    • 24/7 live chat -- Librarians are on-call, around the clock, to assist you.  However, be aware that it won't always be a USC librarian, so they may not be familiar with the resources you can access.
    • E-mail -- This link will send a general e-mail to the libraries, who will then direct it to the appropriate person.
    • Phone -- Want to talk to an actual person at the reference desk?  Here's where to find those phone numbers.
    • Find your subject specialist -- If you have questions about a specific subject (such as "What resources are available for cinema students?"), you can find out who the librarian specialist is at this link, then schedule a one-on-one consultation with him or her.

Preview of Coming Attractions

We're in the process of revamping the USC Libraries' website -- this is what it should look like when classes begin in the fall!

How can I help you?

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Ben Lea
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Office: SSL 102
(beside the 1st floor photocopier)
Phone: 213-740-5775
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Subject Guide

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Sherry Mosley
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VKC Library, Room 38A
3518 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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* Asterisk in guide title indicates core subject guide

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