Research and Reference Services
Reference and research services are available to faculty in most USC Libraries. Librarians are available for in-depth consultation in support of student and faculty projects and research. They can advise on research methodologies, the identification of resources in print and electronic format, and the location (worldwide) of elusive research tools and collections.
The Doheny Reference consultation office provides core reference services for the humanities and social sciences and is the central referral point to subject specialists in other disciplines as well. A major goal is to support faculty research and teaching in addition to providing reference services to the entire university community. Ask-A-Librarian E-mail reference and Ask-A-Librarian chat reference allow librarians to co-browse Web pages while communicating by E-mail and chat. Reference librarians are available at the Doheny Reference consulation office reference desk offering telephone, walk-in and appointment services.
Reference and Research ConsultingThe Reference Librarians strive to provide high-quality, in depth research advice and assistance in various areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities; and when appropriate, refer researchers to other resources; build, maintain, and preserve the Reference Collection in various formats to meet the teaching and research needs of students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences; collaborate with faculty and students in the creation of new research collections, particularly in electronic formats.
Teaching and Instruction
In addition to research advice and assistance, the Reference Librarians collaborate with other academic units in expanding educational programs through the use and operation of new information resources and tools. They explore, create, and teach new methodologies for accessing and incorporating print and electronic resources in both study and research; and they offer instruction to upper division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty on how to access, interpret, and evaluate the myriad of information resources and technologies to benefit study, teaching, and research.