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Use the Ask a Librarian link in the box below to give comments or to ask questions. Beth Crawter wrote this Guide and can be contacted on 5430 2802.

About This Guide

This guide has been compiled to support higher degree research students and academic staff undertaking research. It draws together a range of tools, from books to help you decide whether you really want to start a thesis to the resources which enable you to manage your research output.

First steps as a researcher

At the very start of your research journey

  • Visit your liaison librarian
  • explore research methodologies
  • learn Endnote
More than libraries and databases

Find information including:

  • efficient searching
  • theses
  • finding books
  • advanced database searching
  • patents
Manage your information 
  • use Endnote
  • keep up to date
  • analysis tools
Locate peers and colleagues
  • use citation analysis tools to find people
  • measure the quality of your research colleagues (or yourself)



Good publishing decisions can boost your career

  • how to decide on the best journal to publish your research

  • look at what the experts say


The Library is here to support you in any way we can. Contact your Liaison Librarian or the Library Help Desk by phone, email or in person. Attend a class or ask us to walk you through a process. We are here to help you.


Tools for research

nVivo- Qualitative research software
Available to USC researchers - Contact


NEW in 2018:

Completing Literature Reviews using nVivo 11

 and nVivo ebook:

You tube channel:

OLDER: NVivo Toolkit (2013) can be downloaded here

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