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Cite-Checking Research Guide

Online Materials

You have access to a number of electronic databases containing books and periodicals in PDF (which provides the same page images found in the print versions). Some are available through the USC Law Library website and some through the website of the university's central library system (USC Libraries). 

You can access these resources remotely. The easiest way to do so is by selecting a resource from the law library or USC Libraries website and then entering your USC ID and password after clicking on the login link.

The following methods can also be used to access these resources:

  1. Go to the USC Login Page and then enter your USC ID and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard); OR
  2. Use the VPN (Virtual Private Network) software (for instructions on setting this up, go to ITS' VPN Overview page).

If you have any questions or problems with remote access, please contact John Kelly, Assistant Director for Student Computing Services (213-740-2630; or the law school's Computing Help Desk (213-740-2571).

Online Books

Finally, the Law Library provides access to some electronic books, including a number of older legal texts and treatises, through its subscriptions.

Online Articles

In the search box, you can enter the name or part of the name of the periodical (NOT the article title). If the periodical is available electronically through a USC subscription, you will see one or more links listed under your periodical title. When you click on a link, you will be taken to a page where you can browse for your article by volume and page number. Keep in mind that a particular electronic subscription may only include certain volumes of a periodical.

The following is a screen shot showing sample entries for a few journals on criminal justice. Note that the entries include information as to which electronic resources contain the journals and the dates of coverage. 

USC Digital Accessibility