Faculty Services

The Underwood Law Library provides in-depth research assistance and numerous other services to support faculty. Each faculty member is assigned a specific reference librarian who serves as his or her library liaison. Liaisons coordinate faculty access to library services.


The Law Library Can Assist With

Book and Document Delivery

Contact your library liaison to request library materials. Please indicate if you need the items on a rush basis. We strive to supply such items on the same or following day if owned by an SMU library. Library staff deliver materials to faculty mailboxes Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Borrowing from the Law Library  
Regularly Circulating Materials Materials circulate for one semester with unlimited automatic renewals.  Please return items when you have finished with them or are not currently using them.
Non-Circulating Materials Periodicals circulate to faculty for one semester. Faculty may borrow other non-circulating materials for brief periods.


Borrowing from Other SMU Libraries
Access If you wish to borrow from another SMU library, you may do so in person with your SMU ID card.  Alternatively, your research assistant or a library staff member can retrieve the book you need if you designate them as your library proxy.
Proxy To create proxy privileges, contact Winston Tubb, Collection Services Manager (wtubb@smu.edu; ext. 8-1832).
Due Dates Other libraries on campus strictly enforce due dates, so please timely return or renew books checked out from those libraries.  You can usually renew those materials online

Interlibrary Loan

The library has arrangements for obtaining books and other research materials not otherwise available at SMU. We can obtain most items in a week or less.  Submit your interlibrary loan requests either to your library liaison or click here.

New Books on Display

The library displays some of its new books in the faculty library on the second floor of Storey Hall.  Sign the form attached to the books if you wish to receive the books when they are no longer on display. 

Purchasing Books from Your Faculty Account

Library staff can order books for you and charge them directly to your faculty account or other SMU account.  Send your purchase requests to Shannon Dekat, Acquisitions Manager (sdekat@smu.edu; ext. 8-1826). Please indicate if you need the items on a rush basis.

Recommending Library Purchases

Please direct your recommendations to your liaison or to Tom Kimbrough (thomask@smu.edu; ext.8- 3978).  Please indicate if you wish library staff to route those publications to you upon their receipt by the library.

Library Liaisons

Contact your library liaison for assistance with

Research projects that are not too large in scale (and thus more appropriate for research assistants)
Lectures on legal research
Literature searches and bibliographies
Delivering books and documents
Setting up current awareness tools
Training and providing research assistance to your research assistant

Identifying grants

Click the link to access our research guide on identifying research grants

Library Carrels

Faculty may reserve library carrels for one month to work on research projects.  To reserve a carrel, contact Winston Tubb, Collection Services Manager (wtubb@smu.edu; ext.8-1832). 

Faculty Research Fellows

Fellows provide short-term research assistance without the time commitment of a traditional student research assistant. Contact your library liaison to request research assistance from a fellow.


New Publications Form

Share your recent activities and scholarship with this form.  Information shared through the form will be circulated to the newpublications@list.smu.edu recipients. 

Annual Scholarly Impact Reports

Each spring the library reviews the law faculty’s scholarly impact by compiling downloads and citations in HeinOnline, Google Scholar, SSRN and Westlaw.


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique and persistent identifier for researchers. Your ORCID ID is yours throughout your career, no matter where you work or if your name appears in different forms in different places.

For more information and to obtain an ORCID ID, visit the SMU Libraries ORCID page.  When registering for an ORCID ID, it is recommended that you notify your library liaison and add your liaison to your account as a trusted individual to ensure uninterrupted support. 


The law library is a member of Perma.cc, a platform that helps scholars to create permanent records of the web sources they cite. When linked citations lead to broken or altered pages, that’s called link rot which destroys the integrity of your citations. Perma.cc aims to eliminate link rot through Perma Links which are reliable, unbreakable links to an unaltered record of any page you have cited.

If you'd like to begin using Perma.cc in your scholarship to ensure online sources you cite remain available for readers, including law review editors, please contact Cassie Walker (cassiewalker@smu.edu). 

Scholar, SMU's Institutional Repository

Scholar is our institutional repository that provides open access to scholarly works of the SMU academic community.  The library maintains a collection of published articles, books, and book chapters by law faculty. To notify the library about newly published works that can be added to the repository, simply email your updates to newpublications@list.smu.edu.


SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks including the law scholarship network. Faculty are encouraged to timely add their scholarship to their SSRN profiles. The library can assist with maintaining your SSRN profile by contacting Marja Pietilainen-Rom (mprom@smu.edu).


Scholastica permits faculty to submit manuscripts to participating law journals. The law school pays $6.50 per submission. To use, contact Greg Ivy (givy@smu.edu).

Lectures on Legal Research

Reference librarians are available, with advance notice, to provide lectures on legal research in most subject areas.  Reference librarians currently lecture in a number of edited writing courses and are able to do so in any writing course in which research guidance will be useful.

Canvas Basics for Faculty

Please click here for more information on Canvas.

Course Reserves

To place material on reserve at the library's circulation desk, contact Winston Tubb, Collection Services Manager, (wtubb@smu.edu; ext. 8-1832).  Please provide 24 hours advance notice for processing the material.

Complimentary Copies of Textbooks

Carolina Press
West Academic
Aspen Publishing


CALI is a collection of more than 900 interactive, computer-based lessons covering 33 areas of law.  The student password is SOUMETstu194.  The faculty password is SOUMETfac194.  This password allows faculty greater access to CALI materials than the student password.

Plagiarism Detection

SMU professors have access to Turnitin. Turnitin produces a “similarity report” for each student paper, indicating specific “matches” between text in student papers and text in the sources against which Turnitin compares those papers.  For more information about Turnitin, contact your library liaison.



Routine Matters (not time-sensitive)

Email OIT's help desk at help@smu.edu.  It may take up to 4 hours to receive a response.  OIT's desk is open:

Monday - Thursday  8am - 8pm 
Friday 8am - 6pm 
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm


Time-Sensitive Matters

Call the OIT help desk at 214-SMU-HELP during the hours above.

Classroom Equipment Problems

Phone OIT classroom helpline at 214-SMU-8888. OIT will dispatch someone within five minutes.




Please contact Ask a Librarian if you have any questions or need additional information.