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
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. For how-to information, see the FAQ.
- To get a digital copy of a physical item in the SMU Libraries, submit a request form. Requests must qualify for a Fair Use or Teach Act exemption under copyright law. For more information, see the Copyright Support pages.
- For larger requests, such as an entire book or film, please submit a Purchase Request form. Library staff will try to acquire an online version.
- Course reserve service for physical items is not available, due to the short loan periods and related safety concerns.
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.