Postgraduate Students

Research Support

Finding Resources
Need help finding a course reading, or locating relevant articles from ejournals and databases? Please contact library [at] / (65) 6828-0355 (see opening hours).

Research Consultations - Individual customized service for you when you need it
library [at] (subject: Research%20Consultation) (Email) a Research Librarian to make an appointment for help starting your research, for complex queries or for individual instruction on using library resources.

Your research librarians are:

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


Loan Privileges and Fines

  • How many? Total loan entitlement for Masters students is 20 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.


  • Books in Reserves are recommended or required course readings.
  • Books with a red dot on the spine (plus accompanying item, if any) may be borrowed one at a time for 3 hours. Last checkout is 30 minutes prior to the Libraries’ closing time and is due back the following morning regardless of the day of the week.
  • Overdue fines for items in Reserves:
    • S$1.00 per hour after the time due (3 hours loan / red dot)
  • Renewals are not permitted on Reserve items.


My Library Account

Use online access to My Library Account to:


Learning Programmes

Check the Library Events Calendar for upcoming workshops and events.


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. 


Library Opening Hours

Check the current opening hours.


Publishing of Theses

Theses by postgraduate students doing a research Masters will be placed in InK - Institutional Knowledge at SMU - for access by the public and the SMU community. To submit your thesis, go to the IRIS website and login with your SMU ID, add a new publication, select the publication type as thesis, complete the fields, and upload the final PDF version of your thesis. For details of adding a record in IRIS, refer to this guide .

Need help in writing your dissertation? Check out the "Dissertation / Thesis Research and Writing" guide.


Off-Campus Access Services

The Off-Campus Access Services allow SMU community to access e-resources remotely.



The Library provides facilities such as PC terminals, copiers, print and scan stations, book drops and borrowing stations, project rooms, as well as quiet areas and learning labs.


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.


Copying and Printing Facilities

Photocopying and printing facilities are available at a fee within the library premises. Payment is by EZlink and Cash Cards. All photocopying and printing must comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act.