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SMU Libraries

How do I use the library search?: Find Books

How do I find a book

To find a book in the Library, e.g. Boatright, J. R. (2012). Ethics and the conduct of business (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

    • You may see multiple versions of the same book combined together. Click on the title to see the different versions.

    • Select the right edition - in this case the 2012 publication

  • In the example below, the item is available in two locations. Li Ka Shing Library Reverses 2 Hours and Li Ka Shing Library Reserves 3 Days. Click on the location of the item you are interested in. 

  • Take note of the Call No., Status and LocationClick View More Details / Request if DUE to get additional information on multiple locations, or to place a request if the status of the book is DUE

  • Go to correct Location and Level in the Library to find the book using the Call No.

Tips to find a book

Here are some tips to help you find the book you need:

  • Type as much of the title as you know
  • If the title is a common word or phrase, add the author's surname, e.g. Blanc Macroeconomics and make sure
  • If you want the words to be in the order typed, add quotes, e.g. "eat pray love"
  • If you retrieve too many results, click on Books & Videos tab to narrow the results to library-owned sources


SMU Library Search


What is the Catalogue?

The new library search has a new Books/Videos tab which replaces the old catalogue. This tab shows you the materials owned by the Library and where you can find them. Use it to find books (print and electronic), journals (print and electronic), audio-visual materials that the Library owns without any newspaper and journal articles that will appear in the everything tab.

Once you have found the item you want, take note of:

  • Call number as that is how it is arranged on the shelves
  • Status as it indicates the availability; items with status AVAILABLE are on the shelf, items with status on loan until.... have been borrowed and can be requested
  • Location as it indicates the collection and the level in the Library to find the item
  • There will be a View Online tab for Full Text if the item is available online



FAQ on Catalogue

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy