USC Libraries

MA+P Library

The Media Arts + Practice Library contains an assortment of books and DVDs that may be pertinent to student coursework and research. To check out a book or DVD, seek assistance from the front desk staff in SCI 101. Check here for more information.

Other USC Libraries

Students are welcome to use any of the USC Libraries’ locations. Doheny Library is the largest library, which includes the central bookstacks, Special Collections, and several reading rooms. Leavey Library is primarily a study library - it is open 24 hours, and has several basement computer labs for student use. Aside for Doheny and Leavey, the other libraries include Accounting (Accounting Building), Architecture and Fine Arts (Watt Hall), Business (Hoffmann Hall), Cinematic Arts (inside Doheny), Dental (Dental Building), Gerontology (Gerontology Building), Law (Law Building), Music (inside Doheny), Norris Medical (Health Science Campus), the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives (ONE Institute, Adams Blvd.), Philosophy (Mudd Hall), Science and Engineering (Seaver Science Building), and Von Kleinsmid Library for International and Public Affairs (Von Kleinsmid Center).

Research Tools


This is a comprehensive list of all USC’s research centers and institutes.


Use the Experts Directory to search for faculty experts by name or by topic area.

(Click "Database quick links.")
Each research database contains different searchable source materials. They are generally paid services, but through the USC website they are free to students, faculty and staff.


Proquest archives sources such as newspapers, periodicals, dissertations, and aggregated databases of many types. Its content is estimated at 125 billion digital pages.


JSTOR currently includes more than 2,000 academic journals, along with thousands of monographs and other materials. With more than 50 million pages, they digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.


Google Scholar generates results like a basic Google search – a web crawl based on an algorithm – but it filters out results that Google’s formula deems not scholarly. One example is that the web crawl formula takes into account how many times a given article has been cited.


Citation managers, sometimes called reference managers, help you keep track of your research, organize citations, and create bibliographies.