Find Articles by Title
Start by searching for the title in Library Search. If the title is generic, you may need to add the author or publication title.
If the article does not show up, search for the journal. Sometimes individual articles won’t show up in Library Search, but the journal will. The record will tell you what dates we have available, and you will be able to view it online or find it on the shelf.
If we do not have access to the article or journal, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Learn how to submit an Interlibrary Loan request.
Find Articles by Topic
You can search for articles by topic in Library Search or in databases. Library Search is a good place to start searching if you don’t know the relevant discipline or if your topic is interdisciplinary. Enter your keywords in the search bar. Look for the filters for articles and subjects on the left side of your results screen. Learn more about searching for articles in Library Search.
If your topic relates to a specific discipline, databases are the best places to start searching. Research guides by discipline list librarian-recommended databases and research strategies.
- All SMU Libraries databases by subject
- Learn more about database searching
- Learn more about searching for historical articles in Magazines and Popular Journals
In Library Search records, look for the View Online box with a link to the article in a database. In database records, look for a link to the Full Text, a PDF, or HTML.
If the database does not have full text, use the “Other SMU Options” button to see if we have it in another database or in a print journal. If we don’t have it, sign in to your account and click “Request from Another Institution” to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.
Locate Articles on the Shelf
Articles may be in print journals or on microfilm. Find the library and shelf location in the Library Search record under “Get It.” Journals are usually arranged alphabetically. Pay attention to the years listed in the record to ensure it is for the year you need.
Some journals are only available to use in the library and can’t be checked out. The record will note that it is “limited access” or “non-circulating”. You may need to ask at the holding library’s desk. Special Collections often require an appointment to see materials.