Library Guides

The list below is organized by subject, and each subject contains multiple course and topic guides. You can click through the headers to browse the guides or you can search for a guide by title or keyword.

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217 guides available!

Citations and Formatting

Computer Science




Government Documents


Modern Languages





Speech-Language Pathology

Visual and Performing Arts

Wildfire science

Need help with your research? Here are 5 ways to connect with a librarian.

Ways to get Research Help

Chat reference is available 24/7.

CSUSM Librarians are available M-F 10am-3pm. On evenings and weekends, a non-CSUSM librarian may respond to chat questions.




In person reference is available M-F 10am-3pm, except for holiday closures. Please visit 3rd floor Checkout Desk and ask to speak with a Librarian.


Telephone: (760) 750-4391


Email your subject librarian at any time for specialized help (expect a 24-48 hour turnaround time).

For general research questions email us at


For holidays and early closures, refer to Library Building Hours.

Getting Started

Digital Welcome Guide

New Student Welcome Guide

Collaborative Tools & Tips

Check if Library Reserves are available for your course reading and writing materials.