USC LIBRARY TUTORIALS
USC Upstate Library Instructional Videos
How do I . . .
- Find a Book?
Find a Book 1: Introduction to the Library Catalog (3:28) - An overview of what the catalog contains, the basic and advanced search screens and features, and My Account.
Find a Book 2: Searching the Library Catalog by Keyword (1:42) - Tips on doing a keyword search in the library catalog, including interpreting your search results.
Find a Book 3: Searching the Library Catalog by Subject (3:50) - How to use Subject Headings to refine your keyword search to find the most relevant results.
Find a Book 4: Searching the Library Catalog by Title (1:38) - Tips on searching titles in the library catalog.
Find a Book 5: Searching the Library Catalog by Author (1:35) - Tips on finding works of a particular author.
Find a Book 6: Finding E-books in the Library Catalog (2:20) - Tips on finding and accessing e-books.
Find a Book 7: Searching for DVDs and CDs (2:10) - How to find DVDs and CDs, including limiting by material type in the Advanced Keyword Search.
- How do I borrow a book from another library?
PASCAL Delivers: Beyond the Upstate Library (2:22) - How to use the rapid book delivery service for South Carolina academic libraries.
- Find an article?
Find an Article 1: Types of Periodicals (4:36) - Covers the characteristics of the major types of periodicals: newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals.
Find an Article 2: What is a Scholarly Article? (2:45) - How to recognize a scholarly article in your search results.
Find an Article 3: Browse! Read! Search! How to Find Articles (5:59) - Presents strategies on finding articles.
- Know if the library has access to a particular article?
From Citation to Article: Using Journal Finder (5:38) - How to find the online full-text or print version of an article.
- How can I improve my search results?
Records! Why Searching a Database is Different than Searching Google (4:49) - What do your search terms match up against? How will knowing that affect the strategy you use when searching a database as opposed to Google?
Boolean and Beyond! Strategies for Improving Keyword Searches (4:52) - Covers a number of search techniques that improve your keyword searching, starting with the connectors And, Or, and Not, which most databases are programmed to recognize.