Countdown to Publication @ the USC Libraries

January 31, 2017 - February 2, 2017

What does it take to publish before you complete a graduate program? Tools for organizing and analyzing sources? Primary sources that have already been collected? Venues for disseminating research beyond the book and journal?

Please join the Graduate School and the USC Libraries for three days of programming in support of publication from information-gathering to the final product. Countdown to Publication is aimed at graduate students, but open to all.


Tuesday, January 31: Organizing Your Research

10:00-11:00: Using Zotero

presented by Elizabeth Galoozis, Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

Zotero is a free, web-based citation management program that helps you keep track of research, organize citations, and create bibliographies. This workshop will include an introduction to the basic and advanced features of Zotero, including working with groups, using tags, and integrating USC Libraries’ resources.

11:00-12:00: Using Mendeley

presented by Dr. Zoe Pettway Unno, Acting Head, Science & Engineering Library, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

Mendeley is a free online reference management tool that allows the user to store and organize citations for their research, organize PDFs, network with other researchers, store and share datasets with others, and search for jobs. This workshop will highlight features that will help users manage their personal library and connect to other users with similar research interests through the Mendeley research network.

12:00-1:00: Using RefWorks

presented by Melanee Vicedo, Head of Education & Social Work Library Services, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that helps you keep track of your research, organize citations and create bibliographies. All USC students, faculty and staff have free access to RefWorks. This workshop will highlight basic and advanced features including importing references, saving and annotating pdfs and using RefWorks to generate citations in Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

1:00-2:00: Using EndNote

presented by Dr. Zoe Pettway Unno, Acting Head, Science & Engineering Library, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

EndNote is available as a free online citation management resource where the user can collect references through database searches or manual input, share the references with groups, create the correct citations while writing, and find the best potential journal for article submissions. In This workshop covers EndNote online and the main features that users need to collect, organize and share references; cite references while writing , and select a journal for submission.  A portion will include using USC databases to demonstrate how to collect references while searching the literature.

2:00-4:00: Open consultation, Doheny Memorial Library 241

Ask a librarian about your particular research needs!


Wednesday, February 1: Primary Sources

10:00-11:00: Social Science Datasets Now!

presented by Katharin Peter, Social Sciences Data Librarian, in VKC Library Multimedia Room

Introduction to the social science and behaviorial data available through the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archive (  Learn how to: find and download existing datasets for secondary analysis, make the most of the ICPSR variable database, and submit your own data to the archive for publication and/or preservation.

11:30-12:30: Qualitative Data Analysis Software

presented by Katharin Peter, Social Sciences Data Librarian, in VKC Library Multimedia Room

Put down your highlighter, there’s qualitative data analysis software for that! Come learn about Atlas.ti and NVivo software available to USC researchers ( for coding, annotating, querying, and visualizing unstructured and textual data.    

1:00-3:00: Open consultation, Doheny Memorial Library 115 (behind the reference desk in the LA Times Reading Room)

Ask a librarian about your particular research needs!

3:00-4:00: Accessing & Evaluating Rare Books and Archival Materials for your Research

presented by Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian & Instruction Coordinator, and Loni Shibuyama, Instruction Librarian at ONE Archives, in Doheny Memorial Library 206 (Special Collections)

Graduate research often involves independent research using rare books and one-of-a-kind archival materials. This workshop will provide a general overview of the materials you can find in a Special Collections library and archive, demonstrate how to locate and access them, offer an opportunity to chat with archivists about the research help they can provide, and will provide an opportunity to work hands-on with some of our rare and unique holdings.


Thursday, February 2: Reviewing the Literature and Publishing

10:00-11:30: Conducting a Thorough Literature Review

presented by experts in the USC Libraries, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

Conducting a literature review can be daunting, and how do you know when you’re done? Librarians will cover strategies for the sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences, including identifying top journals, using grey literature and other nontraditional sources, and maximizing library databases. This workshop will include time for individual consultation.

12:30-1:30: Your Online Scholarly Presence

presented by Virginia Kuhn, Associate Professor of Cinema Practice and Jesse Watson, Associate Dean, Graduate School, in Doheny Memorial Library 241

You already have an online presence, whether via a webbed email account, a blogging platform, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. As such, it is vital to curate the scholarly identity that will best serve your academic aspirations. In this presentation, we will discuss issues associated with maintaining your online identity including careful curation of your scholarly work as well as strategies for dealing with issues such as link rot and profile fatigue.

2:00-3:00: The Publishing Landscape: Beyond the Article

in Doheny Memorial Library 241

Graduate students are expected to publish earlier and earlier. Beyond a book or article in a top peer-reviewed journal, there are many different venues for disseminating research and scholarship, both in progress and completed. Panelists will discuss possibilities such as digital multimedia publishing platforms, open access journals, and other alternative paths to publishing.


  • Curtis Fletcher, Associate Director of Polymathic Labs and Project Manager, Scalar

  • Laura E. Davis is an assistant professor of professional practice and the digital news director of the Annenberg Media Center. She has worked as a reporter at The Associated Press, a homepage, social media and politics editor at Yahoo News, the deputy mobile editor at the Los Angeles Times and a mobile editor at BuzzFeed, where she helped develop and launch the BuzzFeed News app.

3:00-4:30: Open consultation, Doheny Memorial Library 241

Ask a librarian about your particular research needs!