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Graduate Student Guide to USC Libraries

Learn about the University Libraries resources, services, and spaces available for graduate students

Open Access 

The Libraries provide support for open access, which is research that is immediately and freely available to anyone upon publication.

Journal Impact Factor

Impact factor, which measures the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year, is a common metric that is used to rank journals. Use the following resources to identify a journal's impact factor.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Use the following resource to determine if a journal is refereed, or peer-reviewed. 


An h-index represents the productivity and the citation impact of an author. The index is based on the author's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.