Special Services for Faculty
SMU’s Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation has established an open access publication fund. Supported by the Division of Academic Affairs and endorsed by the Faculty Organization Research Committee, this fund will reimburse faculty members up to $2,500 per calendar year for expenses associated with publishing an article in a peer-reviewed open access journal. Learn more...
You may request that we email you a PDF of an article in our print journal collection that we don't have online access to. Just submit the Request Library Materials form. We'll scan the article and email you a PDF of it, normally the next business day. For more information, contact Juana Moreno.
The library can assist faculty in obtaining books, journal articles, and other materials that we do not own or provide access to. Learn more...
Each computer in the library is networked to a laser printer. There are two photocopiers in the print/copy room inside the library; one of these is a color copier.
Information on the pay-for-print system can be found here.
You can receive via email the table of contents of each new issue of a journal you're interested in tracking. To subscribe to this service, contact Huyen Ho.
Selective dissemination of information (SDI) is a service by which you're automatically emailed updates to a pre-established literature search. This is useful if you want to stay current on a particular topic. This service can be set up with: ProQuest (ProQuest Nursing Journals, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses), EBSCOHost (Alt Health Watch, Medline with Full-Text, CINAHL Plus, ERIC, or PsycINFO), Ovid (Medline, Full-Text Journals), The Cochrane Library, and PubMed. To subscribe to this service, contact your librarian.
The libraries put a single copy of core required texts on reserve. In order for texts to be available at the start of a semester, book orders must submitted to the Bookstore at least six weeks before the semester begins. For assistance in putting textbooks on reserve, contact your librarian.
You're encouraged to recommend the acquisition of books, journals, and DVDs that support your courses or the broader mission of the University. An online request form is available here; be sure to specify that you're a faculty member.
If you teach classes involving library research or writing assignments, the library can help you add pertinent library materials and links inside your Blackboard courses. Librarians can also create electronic course and subject guides and video tutorials on database search techniques tailored to the needs of your students. For more information, contact your librarian.
This is an excellent introduction for students new to SMU who may not have had time to familiarize themselves with the Library. It can be handled either as a demo in a class or as a hands-on session in a computer lab. Time involved: 30 minutes to 1 hour. For more information, contact your librarian.
If a class includes a writing assignment or the need to find articles on a topic, the library can offer your students hands-on instruction in using the library's databases if you advise the library of the assignment in advance. This instruction can cover basic or advanced techniques, or it can serve as a refresher. Time involved: 1 - 1½ hours. For more information, contact your librarian.
The library can help you identify relevant databases for your project, perform advanced searches, design effective searches, or set up alerts. To make an appointment, contact your librarian.
We invite you to contact your librarian for quick help with a reference question.
Canvas, a new learning management system from Instructure, will be replacing Blackboard in January 2013. Get started now! Go to our Canvas Resource Page to sign up for our faculty training program and learn more about the unique features of Canvas.
Blackboard, SMU’s learning management system, provides a unique web space for each of your courses. It allows you to post handouts and lectures, communicate with students through chat and email, administer tests and quizzes, and track and post grades. Basic use of this tool in your course is required in most departments. Regular workshops are offered. For training, please contact Monique Pinkney or Ted Curran. For support, please submit a Helpdesk ticket or call our support line at 510-869-6836 and press 1.
CampusPack is a software package that enables the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and private reflection journals inside Blackboard course spaces. These tools can facilitate collaboration, enhance critical reflection, and enable students and faculty to create multimedia podcasts. Regular workshops are offered; for one-on-one training or questions, contact Ted Curran or Monique Pinkney.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for online exams in Blackboard. It's compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. For one-on-one training or questions, contact Monique Pinkney.
Turnitin Turnitin is a web-based tool that assists faculty with grading and managing written assignments. It has three components that are fully integrated with Blackboard: plagiarism checking and prevention, peer reviewing, and online grading. For one-on-one training or questions, contact Katrina Fullman.
TurningPoint is a classroom response system that enables students to participate in lectures by submitting responses to interactive PowerPoint questions using a keypad or "clicker." For one-on-one training or questions, contact Katrina Fullman.