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This is a research guide for studies in education

Databases and Journals

The following databases are suggested starting points for research in Education. To access a database off-campus, use your SMU email and password to login. View a full list of the library's databases on the A-Z Databases webpage.

Other useful databases:

Do you have a citation to an article? Check our Journal titles A-Z list to see if it is available at the Library.

Accessing ERIC

There are two ways to access ERIC. Each version indexes a large collection of journals and non-journal sources in the field of education, covering 1966 to present. For comprehensive results, search both versions of ERIC.

ERIC (via ProQuest): The ProQuest version of ERIC is subscribed to by SMU (login is required when accessing off-campus). 

ERIC (via U.S. Department of Education): This is the free version of ERIC (no login required) sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. 

Journal and Search Alerts

Most databases allow you to set up a personal account where you can save your searches. Many journals allow you to receive alerts of new issues or new articles that match your research criteria. Look for RSS, Save as Search Alert, TOC Alert, e-alerts, etc. The following guide shows you how to set up alerts:

What are Scholarly Journals?

What are Scholarly Journals?   

Photograph of three journals.

Also known as peer-reviewed journals and academic journals. Many scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. If a scholarly journal is peer-reviewed, it means that the articles contained within the publication have been anonymously reviewed and evaluated by scholars in the field prior to publication. This process ensures that the quality of the research presented is high.

You can establish if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at the guidelines for article submission (often found in the front or back of the issue), or by consulting the journal's website for this information. The Library's Research Help desk can also help you identify peer-reviewed journals and articles.

Need help finding journal articles? Check out this guide: