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TARA, the Smith Technology And Resource Adviser, is a collection of technology information and instructions created by the ITS staff for the Smith community. Click on any category to learn more about Smith's technology resources.

What to do if you responded to a phishing scam

Recommended browsers for Smith web applications

Getting a new Smith computer?  Steps you need to take

Fixing eDigest display problems: If you have an issue viewing eDigest emails, please try the following.
Graduated students: Click here for information about what happens to all your Smith accounts after you graduate.

How to connect to the Eduroam wireless network

Is your computer ready for migration to Active Directory? Click here for important steps you need to take in advance.
Upcoming changes to the Smith network. Click here for information about the Novell-to-Active Directory migration project, Google Drive, and more.
Office 2013 is now the campus standard for all Smith-owned Windows computers. If you are using an older version of Office and get an alert that your license is about to expire or you would simply like to upgrade to Office 2013, click here.
Google Drive cloud-based file storage makes it easy to save, access, and share all your files on the web. more
Google Calendar users: To add the Smith academic calendar to your own Google calendar, just open Google Calendar, locate the Add a coworker's calendar field under Other Calendars, and enter: academiccalendar
Recommended browsers for Smith web applications: All applications in the first two rows below can be accessed via the Smith Portal.

Application Recommended Browsers
Smith Mail
Google Chrome latest version
Mozilla Firefox latest version
Apple Safari 7
Internet Explorer 10


Google Chrome latest version
Mozilla Firefox latest version

Banner INB***, Cognos
Smith Data Warehouse
Nolij Web

Author/Administrator Internet Explorer 10
Consumer/User Chrome latest version
Firefox 31
Apple Safari 7
Internet Explorer 10
Smith Mobile Apps iOS latest version
Apple Safari
Android browser
Playbook browser

*Use Mozilla Firefox to print Moodle e-reserves & ebrary book chapters.
**See the Administrative Technology Banner page for additional requirements.

Important: If you are using a recommended browser and still can't access an application, first clear your browser cache. If that doesn't help, contact the USC.

To download specific browser versions, see the Smith software page.

Microsoft Security Essentials is Smith's recommended tool for protection against viruses and malware. more

To access BannerWeb, log in to the Smith Portal with your network username and password, then click the appropriate tab:

  • Students: My Student Info
  • Staff: My Info
  • Faculty: My Info or Teaching & Advising

When the tab opens, click any task of interest (Registration, Class Lists, Timesheet Entry, Leave Report Entry, etc.) to go directly to that task in BannerWeb.

Over 3000 free online courses are available to all Smith students, faculty, and staff. To browse the available courses, log on to the Smith Portal and click the link on the Portal home page. If you have an Apple mobile device, try out the new app.

Faculty:  Did you know you can use Google Calendar Appointment Slots to manage appointments with students? Click here to learn more. In other news, if you'd like to show multiple Google calendars in the Calendar app on your iPad, follow the instructions under If you use Google Apps on this page.

The RIAA and Copyright Infringement. For information about the legal strategies used by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to pursue copyright infringers, click here. For information about settling lawsuits, click here. To disable illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing software on your computer, click here.

If you have any questions or comments about this web site, please send email to or call the User Support Center at ext. 4487.

(Wondering why we chose the name "Tara" for our site? Click here.)




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 |  Last updated June 22, 2015

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