Course-Integrated Library Instruction
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 on how to use 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 to 1½ hours. Request a session.
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.
Ask a Question
We invite you to contact your librarian for quick help with a reference question.
In partnerships with SMU's Academic and Instructional Innovation Center, SMU’s library has established an open-access publication fund to encourage faculty to publish articles in open access journals. The fund is supported by the Division of Academic Affairs and endorsed by the Faculty Organization Research Committee, and 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.
Open access research articles are published in online peer-reviewed journals and are freely available to everyone, not just subscribers to a journal. Article authors maintain copyright control over their work.
Many open access journals—including those published by the Public Library of Science and BioMed Central—collect an author payment in lieu of charging for access. Once your article has been accepted for publication, email the following information to Library Director Hai-Thom Sota:
- Author name(s)
- Article title
- Journal title
- Publication fee
When you receive a confirmation, submit a reimbursement request via Ascend using cost center 8080. Your request will route to your supervisor for approval.
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.
Faculty are encouraged to recommend the acquisition of books, journals, and DVDs that support your courses and the broader mission of the University.
SMU faculty have access to an institutional subscription to The Teaching Professor.
"Published 10 times per year, The Teaching Professor is a lively, practical newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insights to educators who are passionate about teaching. This is a newsletter that anticipates issues and addresses them as they are coming to the fore. It also evaluates existing educational practices and tools to help you choose strategies most likely to work for your courses, your students, and your institution. It is a comprehensive professional development resource. Each issue explores the topics that you confront every day in the classroom. It raises the questions on everyone’s minds, and it presents solutions that just about anyone can use regardless of discipline or type of institution."
SMU Copyright Policy
It is the intent of Samuel Merritt University to comply with the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code, Sect. 101, et seq.). The University directs faculty, staff, and students to refrain from copying copyrighted works unless the action is authorized by: (a) specific exemptions in the copyright law, (b) the principle of Fair Use, or (c) licenses or written permission from the copyright owner. The Director of the John A. Graziano Memorial Library shall provide guidelines to ensure compliance with the law.
"Fair use is a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism." (Stanford University Libraries)
These guidelines for use in teaching apply to resources the Library doesn't own or subscribe to, including resources acquired via interlibrary loan:
- No more than two articles from a single journal issue
- No more than three articles from a single journal title in a five year span
- No more than two chapters from a book or 15/% of the total book, whichever is less
- What can I show (display or perform) in class? What is the difference between "displaying" and "performing"?
- I own several films and would like to show clips from each of them in my class. May I? If so, I would like to copy the clips onto a single dvd for ease of presentation. May I?
- Can I show a movie in class that I rented from Blockbuster?
- What kinds of works can I incorporate into a powerpoint presentation? Charts, photos, graphics, cartoons, sounds?
These resources are recommended for general information pertaining to copyright and fair use. Specific questions about copyright compliance and fair use should be addressed to Library Director Hai-Thom Sota.
- Center for Media & Social Impact's Fair Use Guides
- UC Copyright Education Web Site: University of California’s guide to copyright in an academic setting
- Copyright Clearance Center: Nonprofit provider of services in obtaining copyright permissions and news on copyright issues
- Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center: Stanford’s searchable directory of copyright information. Includes sample guidelines and policies of colleges, universities, and other organizations
- Copyright Crash Course Online Tutorial: University of Texas at Austin’s copyright tutorial
- Bloggers Beware: Debunking Nine Copyright Myths of the Online World: A summary of myths about copyright and fair use
- Five famous copyright infringement cases (and what you can learn): Portal documenting real life copyright issues in various media
- Creative Commons: Nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright