There are many freely available public websites that can be helpful for business research. Scan through our various LibGuides (Industry Research; Company Research; Business Demographics) and you will find many links to public websites for professional organizations, government sites, trade publications, think tanks or professional service firms that offer information free to the public.
Many public libraries offer many of the same business databases that we have at USC although you may need to go into a library to use some of them while others can be accessed from home with a public library card and username. In addition, public libraries have reference librarians that can assist with specific questions.
Here are some links that may be helpful:
We can provide some services to alumni; the best way is to visit the Gaughan & Tiberti Business Library (JFF 101) in person and identify yourself as an alumni at the Front Desk with a (free) membership card from the USC Alumni Association.
At this time, the only databases which can be accessed remotely by alumni are the ProQuest Reference Library and JSTOR as described below.
Library accounts for alumni include the following services based on availability:
Please note that Library privileges are not transferable to other individuals, and the Library reserves the right to request secondary picture identification before allowing access to facilities or providing services.
For more information, please see this link on the USC Libraries home page.
The hours of the Business Library and other libraries can be found here.