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.

Class Instruction

Course Materials and Resources

We have several options for using library materials in your courses.

Books & DVDs  

Streaming Films 

Streaming films are available in our streaming media databases. If we don't have access, you can request the film on our course reserve form.  See our Library Search guide for help finding streaming films.

Online Articles & Ebooks 

We cannot provide access to articles or ebooks not owned or subscribed to by SMU. If we don’t own an article, you can request a course pack from the SMU bookstore. If you plan to require an ebook in your course, email smuert@smu.edu to ensure we have access for the correct number of users first.

  • Link to library resources. Use permalinks in Canvas rather than upload files to help us track usage, improve copyright compliance, and ensure off-campus access. Get permalink instructions.

Print Articles 

Digitization of SMU Libraries print materials for courses has been discontinued.  Instead, place the print journal issue on reserve for your class. You may also scan the article yourself. We recommend scanning no more than 15% of a journal issue for Canvas uploads.

Request a Purchase 

To request that we purchase materials for use in a course, fill out a Purchase Request.

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.

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