New Library Search Tool Now Available, Plus Other Systems Improvements

Posted by Nathan Masters

The USC Libraries have overhauled their behind-the-scenes systems to make it easier for USC students, faculty, and staff to discover and request library resources. These improvements – an investment encouraged by survey feedback from USC's scholarly community – were rolled out through the USC Libraries' website on July 25, 2017.

Although much of the work was behind the scenes, library users can experience the benefits through a new Search function. This powerful tool helps researchers find the books, journals, databases, and other library resources they need from a single, Google-like search box on the USC Libraries homepage. It replaces both the existing library Search function (formerly named Quick Search) as well as the archaic HOMER catalog. First-time users will find the new Search even more intuitive than the old. At the same time, power users will discover tools for refining and narrowing searches that HOMER never offered.

Other improvements abound. The new system better integrates electronic resources, making them easier to find through a simple search rather than by navigating multiple webpages and catalog entries. It seamlessly unites library resources from both the UPC and HSC campuses. It also streamlines the process of requesting materials when the USC Libraries don’t already own or provide access to a resource a USC researcher needs.

Please note that, temporarily, some library users who do not have a current USC email address will not be able to login to check due dates, renew books, or page items from the Grand Depository online. Until that online access is restored, library staff can perform those functions. Please contact the Doheny Library circulation desk at (213) 740-2924.

Update, July 25: This post was updated to reflect today's launch of the new features and systems improvements.