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Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. If you can't find an answer here, visit our Ask a Question page to send us an email.

How do I access Marshall Electronic Resources from home?

What's the password for the _____ database?

Does the library have a book or journal that I need?

I searched Homer but didn't find what I need. What can I do?

Can I renew my books without visiting the library?

How do I find out if a journal article is available fulltext online?

I need to find articles in trade publications. What's a good source?


How do I access Marshall Electronic Resources from home?

Most of the resources available through Marshall's Electronic Resources require that you use a USC network connection to gain access. There are several ways to do this from home. Visit this page for the full details:
Accessing Resources from Off-Campus


What's the password for the _____ database?

Rather than managing passwords for for our wide range of electronic resources, USC uses IP authentication to verify that you are an authorized user of these resources. This means that you must be using a USC network connection to get access. (See the above link for details on accessing Marshall Electrronic Resources from home.) This eliminates the use of passwords to access our databases.

Does the library have a book or journal that I need?

All of the USC Libraries' holdings can be searched online through HOMER, the library catalog, which can be accessed from any internet connection at http://www.usc.edu/homer. You can limit your search to the Business or Accounting libraries or search just periodical titles.


I searched HOMER but didn't find what I need. What can I do?

Try searching for what you need in other local libraries. Most academic libraries in the Los Angeles area will allow visitors to use their collections, although you won't be able to check items out. Visit our Finding Books or Finding Articles pages for suggestions on where to search.

The USC libraries also offer an Interlibrary Loan service. They will try to borrow or get photocopies of items that you need. To place a request, visit the Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery website.  This service is free to USC patrons.


Can I renew my books without visiting the library?

Yes! Connect to HOMER at http://www.usc.edu/homer and click on "User Services" at the top of the page. Enter your library barcode and PIN. (This is different from the PIN you use for registration. If you haven't used this before, you will be asked to establish a PIN.) You can then renew books as well as generate a list of your current checked-out books and see any messages sent to you by the libraries.


How do I find out if a journal article is available fulltext online?

Go to the E-journals search page. This is a searchable index of journal titles that are available in fulltext in one or more of USC's electronic resources.


I need to find articles in trade publications. What's a good source?

Lexis-Nexis Academic, Factiva and ProQuest all include trade and industry publications. Lexis-Nexis Academic provides the most detailed industry news segmentation: go to the 'Sources' section, click on the "Industry" radio button, then select the industry that best describes the topic you're researching.  Factiva allows the same industry search capability under their 'Search Builder' tab.