Would you like a personal consultation? Book – A – Librarian

When you make your request please allow 1 business days for a response, at which time an appointment will be scheduled. Most consultations will take place Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm and typically last 30 to 60 minutes. Evening appointments may be arranged based on librarian availability. Caution: If you have something due in a day or less, you should come to the Reference desk at Thomas Cooper or contact us through Ask A Librarian.

Examples of what consultations can help with:

  • selecting the best resources for your research area/assignment
  • accessing and navigating electronic resources
  • developing search strategies
  • discovering and locating primary source materials
  • searching the web for relevant and reliable information
  • Capstone class research/ Senior seminar projects

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA), also know as two-step verification, is required to access systems on our UofSC network.  MFA requires students, faculty, and staff to take an extra step each time they login to university systems.  

Beginning June 5, the university will use DUO Security for MFA. You probably have used some form of MFA with your financial institution or credit card company. As with many financial institutions, you will be required to use something you know (password) with something you have – text message, call to landline, or token. To prepare for this new requirement, please complete the enrollment process now. Instructions and frequently asked questions can be found here

To prepare for this new requirement, employees and students need to complete the enrollment process. For an overview of the set up process, click here


Need Help Accessing Resources Off Campus or While Abroad?

DMSB faculty and students abroad may experience problems accessing our databases and other resources, particularly in certain countries. Below are links to resources that may help solve your technical issues.

If you continue to have problems, email the Business Library or call 803.777.6032.


Want to read the WSJ online for free?

How to read the WSJ for free online

Step 1. Start at the Business Library website
Step 2. Select database FACTIVA under the Most Popular – Top Sources                           (you will need to sign on through the proxy using your USC username and password)
Step 3. Select News Pages along the top menu bar.

You have free access to the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal – Constitution, Tampa Bay Times, Barron’s and Forbes.

Under each title you can select the date and section you would like to read. Some articles allow you the option to download or have it read to you. After selecting an article; the grey menu bar gives you options to email, print, save, download or open in Adobe.

Have a great time searching!

Tips for your library materials search

Welcome back students and faculty!

Here are a few tips for finding library materials as you dig into your coursework:

The Business Library’s physical resources are now kept at the Thomas Cooper Library and the Annex, but finding them has not changed. Use the Classic Search to start searching for print and e-books, and remember, you can still limit by Columbia Business.

The Annex is the library’s offsite storage facility. Materials at the Annex may still be checked out with your Carolina Card. Find out more here.

The majority of the business collection is online, and new e-books are being added all the time. Get the details about e-books at USC Columbia here.

USC Magellan Scholar publishes website on international experience

Joy Gannaway, a USC Magellan Scholar sponsored by International Business professor Lite Nartey, spent this past summer in immersive study in the African country of Mauritius. Visit her website–Tolerant Mauritius–to discover more about her research and experience. Scroll past the video for links to her blog and research findings. Incredible work, Joy!

DMSB students: if you have documented your travels abroad and work experience, send us the links so we can promote you.

DMSB Students: Win $1,500 for writing an essay

Cash Award Opportunity for Current Darla Moore School of Business Students
– Open to Graduates and Under Graduates –
With the changing demographics of United States and the increased national debates about the future of programs such as Medicare and Social Security, the issues of retirement in both the public and private sectors are likely to come in the spotlight more than ever before. On April 24-25, 2014, the Darla Moore School of Business will hold the 43rd Annual Retirement and Benefits Management Seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina.
With sponsorship from a number of companies who are thought-leaders in the field, and
participation from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, this seminar is designed to provide thought-leadership and industry best practices for qualified plan sponsors, pension advisors, record keepers, attorneys and auditors. It will feature several nationally renowned speakers.
In order to provide interested students the opportunity to participate in this event, the co-sponsors are offering two $1,500 cash awards to students based on the result of this essay competition. Additionally, the winners will attend the seminar free of charge to listen to and participate in the discussions.
Students may choose one of the two subject areas listed below. They should be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font and should be no longer than four single spaced pages.
Essay Topic 1
The Affordable Care Act is one of the flagship pieces of legislation in recent memory. It
is the source of much attention and significant political debate. As individuals, each of us
will be impacted in some way. But how should employers be planning and acting? What
are practical ways to address the cost issues of medical coverage in a fiscally and socially
appropriate way, while paying attention to their fiduciary duties to the shareholders?
What are key social vs. business tensions raised by this legislation? Are actions such as
reducing work hours for part-time workers logical or acceptable ways to balance those
obligations? What alternatives exist in the event of significant under-enrollment of
healthy, young adults compared to the higher risk enrollees?
Essay Topic 2
Defined Benefit Plans, at least for companies that have a record of long-tenured
employees, represent a significant long-term financial obligation. This has driven many
companies to adopt solutions, including Defined Contribution Plans, to provide a
supplement to National Schemes, primarily Social Security. Should the private sector be
compelled to step up to the plate and help ameliorate the impending crisis with Social
Security and Medicare? If so, what would that look like and how can companies start to
plan for such an eventuality?
Essays must be submitted via email to no later than March 20, 2014.
The essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Depth of insight on the issue
  • Quality of the arguments and solutions proposed, including practicality
  • Originality
  • Writing quality and style
The essays will be judged by member(s) of faculty from the Moore School’s Management,
Accounting and/or Finance Departments and a representative from the retirement industry.
  • Award open to graduate and undergraduate student current enrolled in the Moore School
  • Winners are expected to attend the seminar as a condition of receiving the award
  • Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees (if applicable)
  • Only private funds are involved in this undertaking
  • The decision of the judges is final
  • Travel to Charlotte will be at individual’s expense
  • One night’s lodging and associated meals will be provided
  • Award substitutions are not allowed
  • Void where prohibited
Winners will be notified by email no later than March 31, 2014.