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Mobile-friendly Database

Databases are often difficult to use on a mobile device because they are text heavy and offer so many options. However, the database vendors realize that a lot of students and professors do their work on smaller devices and therefore need mobile-friendly interfaces. EBSCO, the publisher of Business Source Complete, has upgraded their display recently. Business Source Complete offers articles and other resources on a broad range of business topics.

When you are on your mobile device, select Business Source Complete from the Business Databases list. After logging in (or if you are on an SMU network), you will see easy to use search boxes. The results are equally easy to read and select in order to see the full text. If you want to refine your search, press the double arrow on the left to bring up that menu.

You can also select the hamburger (three line) menu in the blue bar at the top of the search page and then Publications to find a specific journal title, such as Harvard Business Review, or More/Company Profiles to see Marketline reports.

If you need assistance using this or any other database, Ask a Business Librarian.

Presentation practice makes perfect!

The Business Library offers several ways for you to ensure that you are ready to present in a professional manner.

  • The Group Presentation Room (150 K) is equipped just like the Cox classrooms. You can use the same podium controls and see your slides on a large screen. Reserve your timeslot online up to seven days in advance. The GPR is extremely popular at the end of the semester, so please be respectful of the time limits to allow as many as possible to benefit from using this room.
  • The Multimedia Studio (150 M) is the next best thing to the GPR. While it doesn’t have the podium controls, you can check out a mini-projector (see below) and view your slides on a large screen. It also has the benefits of being a soundproof room and containing a computer capable of doing multimedia editing. The MMS can be reserved online up to seven days in advance.
  • If those rooms are booked, use your SMU ID to check out one of five mini-projectors from the Service Desk and turn any study room (or wall) into a presentation space. Simply connect the projector to your laptop. The box includes an extension cord and 1-hour rechargeable battery. The projector is due back before the Business Library closes.

If you need assistance with using any of these Business Library offerings, contact a staff member.  

Ready for Alumni Status?

Graduates of the Cox School of Business can convert to alumni status for lifetime access to the Business Library. Once you graduate you lose off-campus database access, and you will no longer be able to use resources marked Restricted (e.g., Bloomberg, Mintel). But you will be able to use most of the databases while in the library and have access to assistance from the librarians. You will receive a blue alumni card in the mail that you can bring for activation or we will provide one. Be sure to bring a picture ID (your SMU ID, if you still have it) as well.

More information is available on the Business Library alumni page where you can link to the SMU Libraries Alumni page that includes off-campus access to a few databases and other web resources via the Online Resources for Alumni link.

Of course, you can always Ask a Business Librarian.