Library services and resources will be essential for you to complete this and most other courses you do at USC. This page introduces the Library and its many services and provides some hints on doing assessments.
If you need Library help, there are many options on our Contact the Library page
Use the other tabs on this Guide to see information to help you complete each of your assessment tasks.
Many more relevant resources can be found in our full discipline Guides:
|1. Analyse the task to identify keywords and topics, then develop a search strategy|
|2. Find the meaning of words in a textbook or dictionary|
|3. Find academic books to broaden your knowledge of key concepts and terminology|
|4. Find academic journal articles and current research|
|5. Save the citation of any source you plan to use|
Explore our interactive tutorials to develop and test your research skills.
Text books are a great place to begin your research as they provide details about:
Test your skill by playing:
After you have analysed your topic and learned new terminology from some text books, it is time to think about your search strategy to find journal articles. There are several tools you can use to make your search more efficient. Visit the Search effectively guide or watch the video Online Research: Tips for effective search strategies. In summary:
Journal articles are considered scholarly if they: