Find quick answers to common library and research questions.
How do I access the databases after I graduate?
Your access to the Library databases will be available until IT Services deletes your SMC username and password from the authentication database, some time after graduation.
Anyone on campus can access all the same databases as students, using the wi-fi or our two guest computers. The library is open to alumni and the public.
Off campus, alumni have access to the Project Muse database of scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as the website Vault Career Intelligence. Sign up for alumni database access and read more about our alumni services.
Certain databases, like PubMed (which indexes medical publications) and ERIC (which indexes education publications), contain some full-text articles that are open-access (readable by everyone). However, many of the indexed articles will not have full text without a subscription to those journals. Many government reports are also free on the web.
Many public libraries also subscribe to some of the same databases that the SMC Library does. For instance, the San Francisco Public Library provides cardholders (all California residents are eligible for a SFPL library card) with off-site access to Mergent, Morningstar, JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, Literature Resource Center, New York Times Historical, San Francisco Chronicle Historical, Dance in Video, and more. You may discover new resources through your public library that SMC Library doesn't have, such as Hoopla (streaming movies and TV), audiobooks, LearningExpress test prep, Treehouse coding courses, downloadable ebooks through Overdrive, and more! Your local college or university's library may also be open to the public.
You may also want to click through the UC Berkeley Library's guide to Freely Available Resources for Research.