Research Guide: GIS

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MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog

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


To find all SMU graduate papers in resource analysis use the search term "resource analysis papers"

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.


Reference Universe

Provides access to all print & online reference materials in the Fitzgerald Library



Find Journal Articles: Indexes and Databases


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. Covers all subjects. Good place to start your search. (from EBSCO)

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ACM Digital Library

From the Association for Computing Machinery, provides full text access to every article published by ACM, including over 50 years of archives. Link here to citations and abstracts from other publishers as well in The Guide to Computing Literature.

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Business Source Premier 

Designed for business researchers, provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Use the Business Searching Interface for the journals along with easy access to country economic data, company profiles, industry information, SWOT analyses, and market research (from EBSCO)

1965--current |Some full text | More info


Campus Research New and Improved at WestlawNEXT

Powered by Westlaw, a comprehensive collection of news, business, and law-related information sources. Provides hundreds of newspapers--national and international, magazines, news wires, trade journals, and company information. Access to Hoover's Basic Company Reports and Profiles and SEC filings. Includes federal and state case law, statues, regulations, and administrative codes, as well as European Union information, law reviews and journals, American Law Reports, and American Jurisprudence 2d. Campus Research will soon be part of the new Westlaw database, WestlawNEXT.

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Dissertations and Theses

Index to dissertations and theses in all fields of study. Provides citations and/or abstracts,  as well as  a 24-page preview of any dissertations that have been digitized in the Humanities and Social Sciences fields. (from ProQuest)

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Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Contains some 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. Subject areas covered include: criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole. (from EBSCO)

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Database containing all peer reviewed journal titles focusing on management issues. Subjects covered include management, HRM, marketing, librarianship, mechanical engineering, and electronic and electrical engineering.

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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's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


Health Source: Consumer Edition

Rich collection of consumer health information, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health. Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, as well as to health reference books and encyclopedias. (from EBSCO)

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. Includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide. (from EBSCO)

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MasterFile Premier EBSCO

Provides full text for more than 1,700 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. Includes biographies, book reviews, travel books, and an image gallery. 

1975--current | Some full text | More info



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

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Sage Journals

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.

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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. 

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Choose from all Fitzgerald Library indexes and databases


Search for books, articles, e-books, DVDs, and CDs all at once. More about ONESearch



Journals A-Z

Provides an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection, both online and in print. If the journal you are looking for does not appear in our Journal Finder, you may order the article needed from that journal through our interlibrary loan service. If you are off campus and the journal article you need is available in one of our print journals, you can contact Rachel Thomas (507 457-1489 to request a copy and we will mail it to you.


To locate full text articles from abstracts and citations click on full text icon Full Text Options - Saint Mary's University


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Fitzgerald Print Journal Subscriptions (available in the library Reference Room)


GEO World, v.11 no.11- 1998:Nov.-current
GPS World, v.5 no.5- 1994:May-current



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Recommended Internet Sites


American FactFinder

Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic information. From the U.S. Census Bureau


ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based, collaborative content management system for maps, apps, data, and other geographic information.

", which was launched by the Obama administration as part of its Open Government Initiative in 2009, offers access to data generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Enterprising government agencies and private citizens have built on the site's hundreds of thousands of data sets (and other sources) to help you find everything from the most on-time flight between two airports to the latest product recalls."


Earth Explorer

From the U.S. Geological Survey, enables data search by region


Geography Databases: Directory of Online Resources

Links to geography resources from AcademicInfo. AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information whose mission is to provide free, independent, and accurate information and resources.


Geospatial Platform

"Provides ready access to federally maintained geospatial data, services and applications. The content of all datasets and services demarcated with the globe Globe have been verified by the Agency to be consistent with Federal privacy, national security, and information quality policies. As an additional service to our users, we also provide access to data from our partners across State, Tribal, Regional and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations."


Google Earth

"Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others."(publisher's description)

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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."

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HighWire Press

From Stanford University Libraries, a collection of scholarly publications focusing on the biological and medical sciences with some coverage of the physical and social sciences as well.  Free access is available to some 1.3 million articles together with pay for view access to complete articles from the remainder of the collection.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Source Abstracts Database
Contains summaries of the more than 190,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection. NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

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National Historical Geographic Information System

Provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2010.
Fourteen scientific and technical information organizations from ten major science agencies have collaborated to provide reliable information about science and technology from across Federal government organizations.

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Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 1,000 tables. The site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. The Sourcebook is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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USGS-Maps, Imagery and Publications

From the U.S. Geological Survey Physical Sciences


Reference Librarians


Reference librarians are available to aid you in your research in the Reference Room. Off campus? Call (507) 457-1562 or e-mail a librarian with your questions.


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