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The Core ResourceMLA International Bibliography

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed publications. Some 600 journals cover subjects in literature. (from EBSCO)

1975–current | Some full text | More info


Provides multi-disciplinary access to scholarly journals and books. Our collection (Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII) is available in full text and provides over 400 journals in language and literature. Check “Include links to external content” if you want more search results, some of which may need to be requested from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan).

1800s-current | Some full text

Literature Resource Center

Find biographical information, literary criticism, book reviews, as well as full text poems and stories. Covers writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Now with the Artemis interface, searches all our Gale literature resources at once. Use the “Product/Series” menu to select a specific resource to search. (from Gale Cengage)

Mostly full text

MLA International Bibliography

 Premier resource for literature researchers. Indexes journals, books, and dissertations in the fields of literature, linguistics, and folklore. Provides access to some 5,000 journals. (From EBSCO)

1920-current | Some full text | More info

Project MUSE

Comprehensive, multidisciplinary source for scholarly journals and books. Our collection is available in full text. Uncheck “Only content I have full access to” if you want more search results, some of which may need to be requested from other libraries.

Some full text | More info

Salem Literature

Provides access to various volumes from the following sets: Magill’s Literary Criticism–Yearly Essay-Review of 200 Outstanding Books, 1977-current and Salem Critical Insights–a distillation of both classic and current literary criticism of some of the world’s most-studied literature

Full text e-Book

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OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals. Indexes some 16,000 journals from all disciplines. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

1990-current | Citations only

Bowker’s Books in Print

Bibliographic information about more than 2 million books and listings for more than 100,000 publishers.  Includes book reviews and Fiction Connection, a reader’s advisory section.

Full text

Britannica Academic Edition

Access to the online version of Britannica Encyclopaedia, the academic edition. Includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, videos, biographies, links to the BBC News and the New York Times, and more.

Full Text

ECO Electronic Collections Online

Indexing for over 5,000 scholarly journal titles in all disciplines. Provides abstracts and links to full text articles. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

1995–current | Some full text

Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 5,300 journal titles many of which are in full text. Some 3,800 journals are peer-reviewed. (from Gale Cengage )

1980-current | Some full text 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources. Just click on “Find Full Text @SMU.” See also the Google Scholar Blog for citation metrics.

Some full text, some pay for view


 From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

Catalog records

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