New Library Search Tool and Other Improvements Coming in Late July 2017

Posted by Nathan Masters

The USC Libraries are overhauling 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 – will be rolled out through the USC Libraries' website by the end of July 2017.

Although much of the work is behind the scenes, library users will experience the benefits through a new Search function. This powerful tool will help 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.

Check back here for more information as work progresses.

Update, June 26: The roll-out date has been updated to July 2, 2017.

Update, June 27: Please note that, temporarily beginning July 2, 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 1: The roll-out date has been updated to July 5, 2017.

Update, July 4: The roll-out date has been updated to July 8, 2017.

Update, July 6: The roll-out date has been updated to the end of July 2017.