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Introduction for English Majors: Finding Books & Articles

This guides is designed for new undergraduate students in English

Books at USC

How to use USC Libraries catalog to find books: click to watch a tutorial

To search for book locations in USC Libraries, please conduct AUTHOR, TITLE or SUBJECT, via USC Libraries portal page .  I recommend using Advanced Search to customize your search for quicker and more precise results.

Most fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction books in English, as well as literary criticism and literary journals and periodicals can be found in the Doheny Library. In addition, the Leavey Library (open 24/7) has a small collection of books in all areas.

The call number range PS corresponds to the Subject range "American Literature"; the call number range PR corresponds to British and other literatures in English. In the Doheny Library, the PR and PS sections are on the second level of stacks, behind the Circulation desk.


LOCATIONS: (please look carefully at locations in your catalog records)

Apart from the Doheny and Leavey Libraries, literary scholars might find relevant books in other libraries

1) Hoose Library of Philosophy (located in the Mudd Hall of Philosophy),

2) The Hellen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library AFA (located in the Wat Hall,

3) Cinematic Arts Library, located on the lower level of the Doheny Memorial Library

4) Music Library, located on the lower level of the Doheny Memorial Library

5) LIPA, Library for International and Public Affairs

Books beyond USC

Google Scholar is a good tool for finding citations of books that USC Libraries do not own yet. If the book that you need is not owned by USC Libraries, please first submit an interlibray loan request to the IDD (Integrated Document Delivery) service and then recommend the book for purchase by clicking the Recommend-A-Book.

Please also explore the database WorldCat .   WorldCat contains more than 32 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Types of materials include books, journals, musical scores, computer data files, magazines, newspapers,
computer programs, sound recordings, films and slides, maps, videotapes, and manuscripts written as early as the 12th century.

Los Angeles Public Library is a research library worth exploring as well.

Articles @ USC

You can find articles using USC Libraries portal page at

How to find articles using USC Libraries Search: click to watch a tutorial 

You can also search for articles in multidisciplinary and subject specific databases. 

You can search Google Scholar to find citations of articles beyond USC Libraries collections and databases.

See tips on using Google Scholar @ USC