Teaching and SMU Libraries

Our mission is to support the teaching, learning, and research goals of the university by empowering all students to become lifelong learners with the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information knowledgeably and ethically. To achieve this mission, librarians collaborate with faculty and provide customized, student-centered instruction and research support.


About Information Literacy

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. - Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Class Instruction

Course Materials and Resources

  • If you would like help with finding useful materials for your course, contact your librarian.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to link to online resources provided by the Libraries whenever possible.  In some cases, a URL prefix will need to be added to enable access outside the SMU network.
  • To get a digital copy of a print item in the SMU Libraries, submit a digitization request form.  Requests must qualify for a Fair Use or Teach Act exemption under copyright law.  For more information, see the copyright support pages.
  • To request a new book title, please submit a purchase request form.  Library staff will try to acquire an e-book version.
  • For streaming media requests, please submit a streaming request form
  • Course reserve service for physical items is now available in Fondren Library, Hamon Arts Library, and Underwood Law Library.

Online Learning

Assignment Design

Work with your librarian to create effective assignments and assessments that enhance students’ information literacy skills.


Attend one of our scheduled workshops or request a workshop for your class or study group. For many workshops, participants can choose to attend in-person or online.