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, schedule an appointment with one of our librarians through – 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. 

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 Multifactor Authentication page.

Electronic Resource use is subject to licensing agreements.


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.


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