Contact Us

The research desk phone number is X46728 or at 594-6728.  You may also email us at, text us at 619-567-9743 or stop by the research desk located on the first floor of the Library Addition. Desk hours are listed on the hours calendar.

Philosophy and Services

The Research Services’ mission is to improve student learning through developing students’ library research abilities and through raising the general information literacy of SDSU students on campus.

Our weekly blog teaches important information literacy basics that help students complete their work whether they are in the first year or are working at the graduate level.

Students and faculty may learn more about SDSU resources to use for research by working closely with a subject specialist in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Subject librarians are listed at  Subject research guides list important resources for research by discipline.

Group and Individual Study and Learning Spaces and Instructional Support

The research area offers group and individual study and learning spaces and librarian support at our research desk. Students and faculty may work individually with reference librarians or are invited to arrange classroom library instruction sessions with subject specialist librarians.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection offers current, high quality scholarly electronic and print materials. These include the best reviewed subject-based encyclopedias and dictionaries among thousands of other useful resources to use to complete research assignments and projects.

Many items in this collection can be borrowed for three days.

Find items in this collection by limiting to "Reference" in the advanced search screen of the library catalog. Want to recommend a source? Contact the reference collection development committee at 619-594-5148 to suggest a source or send your request to