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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 


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. From “Refine Results” check “All Content” if you want more search results, some of which may need to be requested from other libraries (See our Interlibrary Loan page).

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.

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

Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals and books. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others. Our collection is available in full text. Check “All Content” if you want more search results, some of which you may need to request from other libraries. (See our Interlibrary Loan page).

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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Gale Academic OneFile Select

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 5,000 journal titles and covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences.

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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