Library Frequently Asked Questions

What's RefWorks and how do I get started with it?

RefWorks is a web-based system for collecting, organizing, storing, and formatting citations for bibliographies. It's available to all SMU students, faculty, and staff. Creating an account and using it is explained here.

How do I know if the Library has the book or DVD I need?

Find books and DVDs by searching the library's catalog. Click the Catalog tab in the Quick Search box on the library's home page to easily access the catalog. In the catalog, you can click a location tab to limit your search to one campus.

How do I see what eBooks the Library has?

The eBooks page links to lists of our eBooks in the library's catalog. You can see an alphabetical list of all ebooks, or click a subject and see the ebooks on that subject.

How do I put LexiComp on my mobile device?

Information on accessing resources from mobile devices can be found here.

How do I find out if the Library has the journal I need?

The Journal/eBook Finder is the current, complete listing of all the Library’s journals. It lists the titles and holdings of both print and online journals.

How do I find an article on my topic?

To find articles on your topic in a range of journals, you’ll want to search an online database or index. The finding articles page helps you determine the best database for your topic and is a good place to start. The most popular databases for article searches are CINAHL Plus with Full Text and PubMed with access to full-text journal articles.

I found an article in a database. How do I know if I can access it online?

Look for the "FIND IT @ SMU" icon in your search results.

How do I get a book or article that my library doesn't have?

To get a copy of an article, follow these steps. To borrow a book or a DVD, follow these steps.

How long does it take to receive an article I've requested?

It can take anywhere from 1 to 5 business days, depending on whether the article comes from the Oakland campus, the warehouse, or another library. For details, click here.

How do I cite my sources using APA or another style?

Purdue University's OWL is an excellent resource. You can also find style manuals that the Library has by searching the catalog for "APA style" or "AMA style" (without the quotes).