November 2016

Welcome to Insider, a monthly guide for students from the University Libraries (Thomas Cooper Library, Hollings Special Collections Library, South Caroliniana Library, Music Library, and the online Business Library). We’ll show you how to choose research topics, locate great sources for assignments, and even find quiet study spaces.


Election Day schedule

Thomas Cooper Library is open 24 hours on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


Election Night Watch Party! Join us for free refreshments, a photo booth, and CNN on two screens. Presented by our South Carolina Political Collections and Student Government on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 – 9 p.m. in RH Ballroom A/B.


Holiday schedule

Thanksgiving Week at Thomas Cooper Library:

  • Monday, Nov. 21, Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, 12 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24, Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 25, Closed
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 28, Back to 24 hours

Check the hours for all the University Libraries here.


Tame the research beast

If you’re doing research for a paper or project, check our subject guides for ideas and information. They’re a great place to start.


‘Hey, somebody scribbled in this library book!’

Join us for a scavenger hunt on Friday, Nov. 11 when we search for “marginalia” — hand-written comments, notes, doodles — in 19th- and early 20th-century books in Thomas Cooper Library.

University of Virginia professor Andrew Stauffer will help us uncover marginalia in the library’s stacks. Students will photograph the markings they find and those photos will be uploaded to, Stauffer’s crowd-sourced digital project on hand-written notes in library books.

Meet in Hollings Library at 9 a.m. More here.


Ask a Librarianask-a-librarian

Need help right away? Just Ask a Librarian, an online chat service available Monday – Thursday 9 – 9; Friday 9 – 5; Sunday 2 – 9. Here’s a sample of questions we get:

“Hi is this a peer reviewed article?”

“Hi! Could you recommend a database that would help me search in person vs. online learning? Thanks!”


Free streaming

Catching up on films during the break is easy. Our Educational Films provide free access to tons of movies, even if you’re off campus.


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Our newest exhibit is a great place to bring your family when they visit.

Illustrator Anita Lobel has given her collection of original drawings, prints and books to USC and they will be on display in Hollings Library November 10 – March 15.

Stop by any time 8:30 – 5, Monday – Friday. You can also see it during a special Open Gallery event Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 – 2.


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