About The Business Library

The Business Library, an academic library embedded within the Thomas Cooper Library and the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, provides access to numerous electronic business databases and specialized reference services. A complete listing of our electronic business databases may be found here.


Librarian Services:

Reference services are available to anyone. However, in responding to questions, first priority will be given to USC students, faculty, and staff.

When submitting questions via email, you may expect a reply within 24 hours during the week. Librarians will check the email account Monday-Friday, excluding University holidays.

Response time is always related to the complexity of the question; in some cases we may ask for more information or question clarification.

Complex questions and questions involving extensive research are beyond the scope of email services. If your question requires more in-depth research, please come to the Business Library where we can assist you.

See Instructional Services for information on bibliographic instruction and research consultations.

Electronic Resources:

The Business Library offers a wide variety of electronic business resources that can be accessed both on and off campus. Internet based resources through the World Wide Web are also accessible. For a listing of business-related databases with descriptions, see Article Databases Page for General Business. Electronic journals are available in such databases as Lexis-Nexis, JSTOR and Infotrac. Click E-Journals for a complete list of electronic journal holdings. For information on accessing the databases from off-campus, see the Proxy Access page.

Electronic Resource use is subject to licensing agreements.

*See below for policies on the Use of Licensed Databases for Internships


Online Library Guides, or LibGuides, provide focused information and research tips for subjects, courses, special topics and more. Access the Business Library’s LibGuides from our homepage.


Reserve materials are listed online under Course Reserves, searchable by instructor or course. Students may request reserve items using a current USC identification card and the call number listed beside the titles. Visit the Circulation desk of the Thomas Cooper Library to check-out reserve materials.


Bloomberg Terminals:

For more information on how to use the Bloomberg Terminal, see our Bloomberg Guide.


University of South Carolina purchases content from database vendors with the agreement that the content will be used for academic and research purposes. As field studies and internships are part of the academic program at Moore School of Business, students are allowed to use the licensed databases for their own analysis in conjunction with these programs, but must follow these general guidelines:

  • You may only excerpt insignificant portions of reports, articles, and other documents for distribution to company employees or anyone else (i.e., do not email data, entire documents, or reports to others at the company).
  • Never allow others direct access to University of South Carolina resources. DO NOT SHARE YOUR PASSWORD WITH ANYONE.
  • All data and excerpts included in your reports must contain accurate and complete citations.

Reference Services:

Reference services are available to anyone. However, first priority will always be given to USC students, faculty, and staff.

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