Social Work *: Faculty Resources

Randall Information Center | USC School of Social Work

General Library Information

Course Reserves (ARES)

  • Use ARES to manage your course reserves. Create a course, add items, submit requests to purchase ebooks, add a class proxy, etc.
  • Contact Gabriela Garcia, Course Reserves Supervisor at for more information and for assistance with navigating ARES.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

  • Request USC-owned books for home delivery through our IDD services
  • Request scanned chapters or articles if there is no electronic version available
  • Contact IDD staff at or 213-740-4020.

Access Privileges

  • Remote access to USC Libraries' electronic databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and other research websites is for the exclusive use of current USC students, faculty (including part-time), staff, post-docs, and official visiting scholars registered with a home department. Electronic resources are governed by license agreements, and the terms of use are set by the publishers and vendors from which they are subscribed.
  • 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.

Recommend A Book

  • We encourage USC faculty, staff and currently enrolled students to recommend items for the library's collections. USC Libraries has made a strategic decision to invest in electronic resources including books, journals, databases, and multi-media formats. Moving to an “e-Preferred” plan, USC Libraries now purchases the electronic version of resources when available. When an electronic copy is not currently available, the Libraries will acquire the print version.

USC Library Instruction Services

The social work librarian is available for information literacy instruction for courses. You can also collaborate or partner on designing course content and materials. Please contact Alyssa Brissett at if you have any questions or would like to schedule an information literacy session.

Instructional Services offered at USC Libraries:

USC Libraries uses the Association of College & Research Libraries‘ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as well as discipline-specific standards as guiding documents for instructional services. Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Antiracist Teaching Resources

Fair Use Checklist

Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides a framework for identifying whether something is fair use. Keep in mind that you need to consider all four factors of the framework. The information below is from the United States Copyright Office. 

Purpose and character of use How are you using the work? Nonprofit educational and noncommercial uses are most likely to be considered fair.  This does not mean, however, that all nonprofit education and noncommercial uses are fair and all commercial uses are not fair. Additionally, “transformative” uses are more likely to be considered fair.  Transformative uses are those that add something new, with a further purpose or different character, and do not substitute for the original use of the work.
Nature of the copyrighted work Using a more creative or imaginative work (such as a novel, movie, or song) is less likely to support a claim of a fair use than using a factual work (such as a technical article or news item). In addition, use of an unpublished work is less likely to be considered fair.
Amount or substantiality of the portion used Look at both the quantity and quality of the copyrighted material that is used. If the use includes a large portion of the copyrighted work, fair use is less likely to be found; if the use employs only a small amount of copyrighted material, fair use is more likely. In some cases, use of an entire work can be considered fair under certain circumstances. And in other contexts, using even a small amount of a copyrighted work that is considered an important part—or the “heart”—of the work is not covered under fair use.
Effects of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work To what extent, does the unlicensed use harm the existing or future market for the copyright owner’s original work. Example: displacing sales of the original 


Copyright-Free Images

Use the resources below to find copyright-free images that you can use for presentations, workshops, and course materials. 




Research and Teaching Resources

Open Education Resources

Research Impact Metrics

Additional Resources from USC and other Institutions