Library Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the library has the book or DVD I need?
You can find out if the library owns a book, ebook, DVD by searching the online catalog. Once you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, note the call number and location of the book. In the catalog, you can click a location tab to limit your search to one campus.

What's RefWorks?
How do I create an account? RefWorks is a bibliographic manager for collecting, organizing, storing, and formatting citations for bibliographies. Similar to Endnote and Zotero, SMU Libraries provide Refworks accounts free to SMU students, faculty, and staff. Check out the Refworks Libguide for more information.

Does the library have ebooks?
The library provides access to several collections of eBooks which can be searched in the library’s catalog. Browse all ebooks in the library's catalog. Off-campus access is gained by entering your SMU login and password when prompted.

How can I download the Lexicomp mobile app?
Log into your MySMU account and search for the Lexicomp app instructions.

How do I find out if the library has the journal I need?
Search our Journal Finder to find up-to-date information on our journal subscriptions.

How do I know if the library has the book or DVD I need?
You can find out if the library owns a book, ebook, or DVD by checking the online catalog. Once you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, note the call number and location of the book. In the catalog, you can click a location tab to limit your search to one campus. Start by searching library search tool, OneSearch, which searches many databases at once.

How do I find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles about my topic?
Try searching a few scholarly databases, where you may get different results. The most popular databases for article searches are CINAHL Plus with Full Text and PubMed with access to full-text journal articles. Once you’ve done a keyword search, limit your results to “peer-reviewed.”

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. We have access to thousands of journals and articles. However, if there’s an article you can’t access, you may submit an interlibrary loan request.

How do I get a book or article that my library doesn't have?
You can submit up to 20 interlibrary loan requests a semester. Exceptions are made for faculty and students completing dissertations and synthesis projects. Most article requests are emailed as PDFs within two to five business days. Physical books may take up to two weeks to arrive at your campus library. You’ll be alerted by email when the book arrives.

How do I cite my sources using APA or another style?
Purdue University offers an excellent resource. You can also find style manuals that the library has by searching the catalog. SMU’s writing resources offer additional support.