Patrick Power Library

Help & Instruction

Research Help Desk Hours:

    April 18 - May 7 (Intersession)
    Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
 
    May 8 - June 22 (Spring Session)
    Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: CLOSED
    Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Exceptions: Monday, May 22 (Victoria Day): 1:00pm - 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
  • Send an e-mail to: research@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:

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 research@smu.ca.