Research Guide: English Composition (E120)

The Study of Critical Relationships in the Search for the Self


Library Catalogs--find books & media


MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog

Search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Check your account for Due dates & Renewals


Reference Universe --provides access to all print & online Reference materials in the Fitzgerald Library

You may also search WorldCat to locate materials not in our library. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.


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Databases & Indexes--find articles in journals & newspapers


Academic Search Premier

Large multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Covers all subjects. Good place to start your search. (from EBSCO )

1975--current | Some full text | More info


All EBSCO databases

Along with the multi-disciplinary Academic Search Premier, EBSCO has specialized databases for business, literature, history, criminal justice, education, and religion topics, as well as a general, non-academic database, MasterFile.


CQ Researcher

Provides in-depth, unbiased reports on current issues. Coverage includes topics in health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report features pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions. CQ researcher is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Now includes PLUSArchive, with articles going back to 1923 for an historical component, and Global Researcher, bringing an international perspective.

1923--current | Full text


ProQuest's Newspapers

Search for your topic in 500+ newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


ProQuest's Psychology Journals

Encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. (from ProQuest)

1971--current | Partial full text | More info


All ProQuest databases

Choose from databases covering issues in education, religion, philosophy, or psychology.



Full text access to high-quality, scholarly journals in the areas of Religious Studies, Communication Studies, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Physical & Life Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Urban Studies & Planning, and Psychology.

1999--current | Choose from full text or all content



One of the world's largest providers of scientific, technical, and medical literature with a database of some 2 million articles and 59 million abstracts from all fields of science. Access to journals in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business as well. 

Some full text


Choose from all Fitzgerald Library indexes and databases


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Journals A-Z

Search an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection both online and in print. If we do not have the journal you need to access your article, you may order the article through interlibrary loan.


Research Help

Search tips (Boolean operators truncation/wildcards), citation examples, and more

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Harry Reis & Susan Sprecher. Sage, 2009

R302.03 E56 | 3 volumes


Battleground: Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Ed. Amy Lind and Stephanie Brzuzy. Greenwood Press, 2008.

R305.403 B33 | 2 volumes


China Today: an Encyclopedia of LIfe in the People's Republic. Ed. Jing luo. Greenwood, 2005.

R951.0503 C53 | 2 volumes


Completely Queer: the Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia. Ed. Steve Hogan and Lee Hudson. Henry Holt, 1998.

R305.903 H71


Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Innergroup Relations. Ed. John Levine And Michael Hogg. Sage, 2010.

R302.203 E56 | 2 volumes


Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Ed. Richard Martin. Thomson Gale, 2004

R297.03 E56 | 2 volumes


Encyclopedia of Race & Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore. Gale, 2008.

R305.8 E56 | 3 volumes


Routledge Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Ed. David Gerstner. Routledge, 2006.

R306.766 R86


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Recommended Websites

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."

Some full text, some pay for view


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