Patrick Power Library
Help & Instruction
Research Help Desk Hours:
January 8 - March 31
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 9:00pm
If you would like to talk to a librarian about a research problem, one on one instruction is available for individual help. You can
- Visit the Research Help Desk in person
- Phone: 902-420-5544
- Text: 902-702-3057
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAQ: libanswers.smu.ca
- Use Novanet Live Help - an online chat-based reference service provided by Novanet libraries. This service is designed to respond to brief questions that can be answered quickly and effectively using online resources.
Research Help Desk staff understand how libraries and databases work. We can:
- show you how to search for books or articles
- teach you how to use databases and the web
- give directions to obtain material not on campus
- advise on where and how to look when you have run out of ideas
The Library's reference collection includes:
- specialist encyclopedias for many subjects
- dictionaries for subjects and for major languages
- directories of companies and organizations
- hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc. in e-book format
Many guides on using library resources, such as the Library's catalogue and research databases are available online from the Library's website.
Research by Appointment
For in-depth research assistance, you can schedule an appointment with a librarian. One-hour appointments are generally available during the weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 9:00-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
To request an appointment, please contact the Research Help Desk staff in person, by calling 902-420-5544 or by e-mail email@example.com.