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Library Search allows you to to find and access books articles, books, streaming media and more through a single search box. It connects with about 70% of all of the SMU Libraries collections.
Background and General Sources
Helpful in situating your course texts historically and socially. Once you're connected, choose the volume that corresponds with your time period.
Tracing the history of "American Dream" in popular culture, the author gives readers a field guide to the evolution of our national identity over the last eighty years. Samuel tells the story chronologically, revealing that there have been six major eras of the mythology since the phrase was coined in 1931.
Democratic Transformations: Eight Conflicts in the Negotiation of American Identity
Invites readers to encounter the fertile contradictions pulsating at the core of American identity.
Chapters: 1.The pursuit of happiness 2.The tyranny of the majority 3.Four score and seven years ago 4.Forty acres and a mule 5.The moral equivalent of war 6.The business of America is business 7.The military-industrial complex 8.The personal is political
Myths That Made America
Examines the core foundational myths which the nation is based upon and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today.
Find Analysis (Secondary Sources)
Based at Harvard, their mission is to identify barriers to economic opportunity and develop scalable solutions that will empower people throughout the United States to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.
From developing a solid thesis, to finding the right information, to evaluating and putting it all together, librarians can help.
Help with Searching and Citations
Search for Articles
Tips for finding articles in Library Search, in disciplinary databases, and online
Search for Books
Tips for finding books in Library Search and in other libraries
Library Search Help
Information on the best way to use Library Search to find articles, books, films, and journals.
RefWorks is an easy tool that helps you gather citations directory from library databases and then creates in-text citations and works cited directly in your paper. The Google Docs add on is the easiest to use. This guide links you to RefWorks and teaches you how to use it.