PhD Students

Research and Learning Services

The library is your first point of contact if you need assistance in finding sources for specific subject, locating articles or accessing databases.
The library provides various research literacy programmes, such as searching and finding the right sources for your research, using bibliographic management tools, mastering specific databases, and much more.
You can also make an appointment with a Research Librarian who specializes in your subject for customized help. Your research librarians are:

Research Guides

Use our Research Guides to get you started on your research.


Access & Resources

  • Most of Library’s e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-databases) can be accessed from off-campus. Authentication needed is your SMU ID/Password.
  • Library also provides various Research Data Sources. You can contact your Research Librarian if you need further assistance with datasets or data management.


Loan Privileges

  • How many? Total loan entitlement for PhD students is 100 items.
  • How long? Different item types have different loan periods. All items on loan are subject to request by another user or recall by the Library.
  • How much? Fines are instituted to encourage the prompt return of library items for the convenience of all our users.
  • Read more about library usage policy.


My Library Account

Use online access to My Library Account to: 

  • view / renew your borrowed items 
  • view / cancel your requests (holds) 
  • view your borrowing history


Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that obtains books, book chapters, journal articles and other resources for university-related research and teaching that are not available in the SMU Libraries collection. The following group of users are eligible for this service:  

  • Faculty and administrative staff
  • Postgraduate students 
  • Third and fourth year undergraduate students  
    [First and second year undergraduate students should contact their Research Librarian for assistance.] 

How to request an Interlibrary Loan:

  • Submitting a form in your Library account 
  • Using the Find It @ SMU Libraries button within Library-subscribed databases 
  • Emailing library [at] (subject: Interlibrary%20Loan)  with a complete citation of the book, book chapter or article required 

Read the full Interlibrary Loan guidelines


New Resources Recommendations

libacq [at] (subject: Title%20Recommendation) (Recommend new resources) to the library for purchase considerations. Please provide as many details as possible about the request, such as journal title, book title, author's name, year of publication, publisher's name and ISBN. 

Learning Programmes

Check the Library Learning Calendar for upcoming workshops and events.


Publishing Dissertations

Dissertations by PhD Students will be placed in InK - Institutional Knowledge at SMU - for access by SMU community. To submit your dissertations, go to the IRIS website and login with your SMU ID, add a new publication, select the publication type as dissertation, complete the fields, and upload the final PDF version of your dissertation. For details of adding a record in IRIS, refer to this guide.

Need help in writing your dissertation? Visit our guide on "Dissertation / Thesis Research and Writing".


Graduate Lounges

Graduate Lounges are designated as multi-purpose learning spaces for post-graduate students. There are two Graduate Lounges on Level 5 of Li Ka Shing Library, and one Graduate Lounge on Level 4 of Kwa Geok Choo Law Library.