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University Libraries - Article Databases

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Articles, E-Books and Dissertations

  • Academic Search Complete

    Covers all subject areas.  Has a mix of magazines and journals, including many that are peer-reviewed.

  • Google Scholar

    Search specifically for scholarly literature.  To access the full-text to which the University Libraries subscribes, from Google Scholar
    - Select Settings
    - Click Library Links then enter University of South Carolina
    - Select University of South Carolina - Columbia-USC - FullText@USC Columbia
    - Click Save

    The Chrome browser does not display USC Columbia e-text options for times cited by Web of Science. Take a look at our Google and Google Scholar guide for some advanced searching tips.

  • Web of Science

    Indexes thousands of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world. Also has cited reference searching and ways to refine and analyze your search results. Includes three indexes: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 to present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 to present), Science Citation Index Expanded (1899 to present). 

    Note:  Previously our subscription began social sciences coverage in 1956. Coverage now extends back to 1900 in the social sciences. 

    Besides the subject citation databases, the Web of Science Core Collection also includes: Book Citation Index (2005 to present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus

  • EBSCO Academic E-book Collection

    Thanks to an initiative by PASCAL, academic libraries in the state now have access to 100,000+ books from EBSCO.  This link accesses content from the EBSCO licensed "Academic Collection" package as well as titles purchased by USC, Columbia University Libraries.  Help is available from

  • PASCAL ebrary Collection [E-books]

    Thanks to an initiative by PASCAL, academic libraries in the state now have access to 100,000+ books from ebrary.   This collection contains books from major publishers and university presses representing a wide range of disciplines.  While most of the collection is academic, you will find some of the Dummies books and other reading.

    Printing and downloading from most of these books is limited to a maximum of "up to 60 pages" per book per user session.  A few publishers have set more restrictive limits.  For more information, see the ebrary Support Center website.

    ebrary content can be downloaded using the free Adobe Digital Editions software to most devices including the Nook, iPad, iPhone, etc., but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox.  For instructions go to:

  • EBL for Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries

    Thanks to an initiative by PASCAL, academic libraries in the state now have access to over 7,000 titles through EBL, a Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) plan.

  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

Find Introductions and Overviews

  • CQ Researcher

    Basic source for current and controversial social, political and economic issues with summaries, pros and cons and bibliographies.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Searchable collection of reference books and encyclopedias in electronic format. Titles cover arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, science, and social science.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews and other sources on contemporary issues.

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Essays on controversial issues to develop debates or be a starting point in writing a position paper.

  • Credo Reference

    Use to find quick facts, images or background information on various topics in dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks.

  • Oxford Reference

    Fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

  • Sage Reference Online

     Includes over 120 handbooks, encyclopedias, and directories primarily in the social sciences.