Databases allows you to search for scholarly journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Some databases include the full text. Some databases are subject specific and some are very general (including all subjects).
Most databases can be accessed from off-campus. Just enter your SMU ID and Password when prompted.
It can be challenging to read scholarly journal articles. The language is dense - and it can get overwhelming quickly! Watch the following (5 minute!) video to learn the best way to tackle journal articles. You will learn about the best order to read articles, how to identify the main point, and strategies for taking notes.
Use the following databases to find primary and secondary literature on your topic. There should be full text for many of these resources; if not, click the Find it @ SMU Libraries button in the search results to search the library collection.
'Review' articles are literature reviews on a particular topic, and can be a valuable source of information. The following databases allow you to limit your results to the 'review' publication or document type.
Databases have powerful search tools to help you get relevant results.
AND – use to specify that both words must be present. E.g. Japan AND China
OR – use to specify that either words can be present. E.g. Asia OR Asian
* – use to replace characters in the word and helps to retrieve variations of the word. The symbol used may vary from database to database. Check the help or search tips in the database. E.g. Use globali* to include words like (globalise or globalize or globalizing or globalisation or globalization).
( ) – use to specify which group of words to process first. E.g. nationalism and (Asia OR Asian)
"Phrase search" – use to specify the order of the words. E.g. “National identity”
Field search – use to specify the field that the words must appear. E.g. Nationalism in SU Subject Terms or Korea in GE Geographic Terms
Check the individual database Help page for more tools