University of Southern California


What is Find It @ USC?

Find It @ USC is a software package that links journal citations in Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed and other databases to ways to find the cited articles. These include electronic full text (when available), online library catalogs, and document delivery options.

How do I use Find It @ USC?

Click on the Find It @ USC icon next to a citation for a menu of options. Select a full-text option when available.

What should I do if there is no fulltext available from the Find It @ USC menu?

  • To locate print journals, select one of the catalog options
  • To request copies from other libraries, use one of the inter-library loan option

Why does the Find It @ USC link sometimes take me to the journal’s home page or table of contents rather than the full text of the journal?

Find It @ USC links take you as close as possible to the full text of an article. In some cases you will have to jot down or remember the citation information and navigate the publisher’s site to find the article you need.

Why are there more than one full text option for some journals?

The library purchases some of its electronic journals in collections rather than individually and some journals are included in more than one collection. The format may differ among full-text versions of the same journal. If the version you first open does not offer PDF format, you can look for an alternate version in which PDF might be available

Why am I being blocked from accessing the full text?

  • The IP address of your computer may not be recognized as belonging to USC. See Accessing Licensed Electronic Resources for additional information.
  • You may be running popup blocking software. If this software allows you to specify a domain for which popups are allowed, enter If this option is not available, you must disable the software before using Find It @ USC Links.

Which databases have Find It @ USC?

Most USC-subscribed databases, including:

  • Ovid MEDLINE
  • PubMed @ USC
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Ovid EBM Reviews
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • Healthstar
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
  • Faculty of 1000

How long will it take to get an answer if I use “Ask a Librarian” for help?

We respond within 24 hours on weekdays. If you need more immediate help on weekdays between 9 a.m and 5 p.m., call the Reference Desk at (323) 442-1111 or use the Meebo IM link.

Revised 2/17/10


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