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NMSU Reference Books

The Reference Collection is located in Zuhl, 1st floor - just past the Reference Desk. Library Hours & Reference Desk Hours here.

The Reference collection is a good place to begin your research. Reference books help researchers contextualize their topics and so begin thinking about their subject in useful ways. Reference books can help you search databases more efficiently by providing keywords, or search terms, to use -- and they also contain bibliographies that will point you to respected sources. What follows are some guides to historical reference works, but you will want to come to Zuhl to browse the collection. Check the Books tab of this guide for the call numbers relevant to your research.