The USC Law Library's online catalog, ADVOCAT, provides detailed information about the library's collection, including locational information, call numbers, and information on the most recent periodical issues received by the library. ADVOCAT can be accessed from any of the computers in the library as well as any other computer connected to the internet. To access ADVOCAT from the USC Law Library's web page, merely click on the "Search Library Catalogs" link and then choose "Search ADVOCAT (Law Library)." You can also enter a "Quick Search" on ADVOCAT from the main law library page.
For assistance in using ADVOCAT, use the search tips provided on the search screens. For further guidance on using ADVOCAT and other library catalogs, you can also consult the USC Law Library guide Finding Library Materials through Online Catalogs.
Once you identify items on ADVOCAT that look promising, note the "location" for each item as well as the call number. The call numbers for books that focus on U.S. law (not limited to one particular state) will typically begin with KF. The call numbers for books on California law will typically begin with KFC. Each locational designation on the catalog corresponds to one or more of the various sections of the library described in this guide. The table below spells out exactly which section(s) of the library these designations refer to:
|Library Catalog "Location" Designation||Corresponding Section(s) of the Library|
|Closed Reserve||Closed Reserve (Main Floor - behind Service/Circulation Counter)|
|Open Reserve||Open Reserve (Third Floor)|
|Ready Reference||Ready Reference (Course Reserve - behind Service Counter)|
|Reference Office||Reference Office (behind the Service Counter)|
|Reference Collection||Reference Collection (included in Course Reserve)|
|CA--Main Floor||California Section (Third Floor)|
|Fed--Main Floor||Federal section and American Law Reports (A.L.R.) section (Third Floor)|
|Third Floor - Periodicals||Law Reviews and Journals (Third Floor)|
|Third Floor||Third Floor Stacks|
|Media Center||/Microform Room (Main Floor-Rm. 218)|
|Third floor||Domestic, Foreign and International Law, and Early Edition Books sections (Third Floor)|