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  • ACRLMetrics *additional login required*

    Create reports from statistics gathered by the Association of College and Research Libraries and the National Center for Education Statistics' academic libraries survey.  Username and login password is available to USC faculty, students, and staff in the Ejournals listing.

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in . . .

    Does not include impact factors but you can find acceptance rates, manuscript guidelines, and review process information for journals.  Search by topic areas, words in journal name, acceptance rate, type of review process, or publisher.  Directories for the fields of:

    • Business (Accounting, Economics & Finance, Management, Marketing)
    • Computer ScienceBusiness Information Systems
    • Education (Educational Curriculum & Methods, Educational Psychology & Administration, Educational Technology & Library Science)
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology & Psychiatry
    • Nursing and Health Administration
    • Science (Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography, Physics)
  • Charleston Advisor

    The Charleston Advisor publishes critical reviews of online resources for libraries.

  • 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.

  • Education Source *and* ERIC

    Search both of the major education databases at the same time.

  • 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.

  • Gartner

    The University of South Carolina has a site license through University Technology Services to Gartner which provides access for students, faculty and staff to IT [information technology] research.  After clicking the link for Gartner, Inc. from UTS' page, you will be prompted to enter your USC network username and password.

  • Sears List of Subject Headings

    A thesaurus-like database of a core list of headings, together with patterns and examples to guide the cataloger in creating further headings as needed.

  • SPEC Kit Collection, Association of Research Libraries

    SPEC Kits combine survey results of Association of Research Libraries and documentation from ARL member institutions.  These guides help libraries learn about current practice in research libraries, implement new practices and technologies, manage change, and improve performance.
         Our subscription to SPEC Kit Collection provides access to kit numbers beginning with 292 (July 2006) .  Online versions of SPEC Kits from 1973 through 2005 (SPEC Kit 1 - 291) are available through the HathiTrust open acess

  • Tumble Book Library

    Collection of children's ebooks, most with narration.  Includes some non-English titles.  This is a Discus resource, so it is also available through public libraries and school libraries across the state.

  • UlrichsWeb: Global Serials Directory

    Formerly known as Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, has information on over 210,000 periodicals, annuals, and irregulars published worldwide as well as ceased publications. The database also provides contacts for over 80,000 publishers worldwide.

  • WorldCat

    WorldCat is the world’s foremost bibliographic database, with millions of bibliographic records representing 400 languages. WorldCat covers information from before 1,000 BC to the present, and includes holdings information from libraries in 45 countries.

    On Campus Only (no wireless access)

    Only two simultaneous users permitted.  If you are blocked from access try using the free version at

  • is a modified version of the Worldcat database and does not link to all the library holdings you will find in the subscription version, but you can acccess it from on or off campus.  This link goes through the library's proxy so you'll be able to link to your Interlibrary Loan account.  You can also go directly to the free Internet version at

    To search OAIster go to  OAIster is a catalog of digital resources from open archive collections. Digital resources include: born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and datasets.