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This is the primary research guide for Gerontology students and faculty

Journal Impact Factors

For information on impact factors, the h-index, and citation following, see: Impact Metrics.

ILLiad and IDD

If USC doesn't own it, use USC's electronic system to request materials owned by other libraries through the global interlibrary loan network. Our Integrated Document Delivery (IDD) service provides electronic copies of articles and other documents to faculty and students.

Collection Development

The libraries do not purchase textbooks, how-to manuals, best-sellers or materials not relevant to academic programs at USC.

Instructional Services

Library Instruction

Librarians provide customized, course-based sessions to students within a classroom setting using the general course content or specific assignments or projects. Faculty and instructors may request library instruction sessions for their classes by using the online Request-A-Class form. For more information, visit: Instructional Services.

Services for Faculty Library Users

New and current faculty members, meet with your Librarian subject specialist(s) for personal consultations regarding the USC Libraries’ resources and services. Librarians can also assist teaching faculty in developing research activities and course assignments that support improving students’ information literacy skills. Please see the list of Subject Librarians for contact information.

Library Workshops for Graduate Students

Use the Request-A-Class to bring Librarian subject specialists to meet with graduate students in a particular department or program to provide orientation to USC library resources and services.

New Student Orientation

New student orientations to the USC Libraries occur at the beginning of each semester and select summer events. Look for announcements on the Libraries web page.


Library accounts are automatically created for all currently enrolled students and employed faculty and staff. Accounts for new borrowers will be activated usually within one business day after the creation of their USC ID. Your USCard is your library card.The library card number consists of your 10-digit USC ID plus the 4-digit security code printed on the back of the card. Privileges are valid for one semester, but will be extended automatically if students continue to enroll and if faculty and staff continue to be employed.

Electronic Reserves

Library Information

We offer significant collections of print and electronic resources, special collections with rare holdings, subject librarians to assist with research and teaching, instructional sessions about library resources and research skills, and reference services.

Library accounts for current USC students and faculty include:

  • Access to library computer labs with productivity software
  • Use of library microform readers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Remote and on-site access to USC subscriptions of online journals, books and databases
  • Use of library information kiosk computers
  • Use of laptops that can be borrowed from Leavey circulation
  • Paging materials from Grand Library
  • Recalling materials checked out by other users
  • Interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery (IDD) services
  • Room reservations for collaborative work rooms, conference rooms, learning rooms, and auditoria
  • Reading room access for rare books and archival materials
  • Admission to library-hosted events and exhibitions
  • Access to affiliated institutions

In addition, library accounts for current USC faculty include the following services:

  • Facility access for all USC Libraries locations
  • Borrowing of up to 200 standard circulating material items at a time
  • Electronic and print Course Reserve services (ARES and Blackboard)
  • Group instruction sessions led by a librarians
  • Proxy borrowing accounts

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.


Ask-a-Librarian options include:

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity Collection at the University of Southern California is a series of tutorials presented by the USC Libraries in collaboration with USC’s Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. Use these interactive tutorials, to review the basics of citations, quoting, and paraphrasing to help you avoid plagiarizing. Tutorials include:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Organizing Your Sources to Avoid Plagiarism
  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Evaluating Sources