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From Marginalized Experience to Transformative Political Force: The Case of Latinas/os in Contemporary United States: Getting started in the library

Library and Research Guide for Omar Rivera's Advanced Entry Seminar (AES)


This is a library reseach aid for students enrolled in Professor Omar Rivera's Fall 2013 Case of Latinas/os in Contemporary United States Advanced Entry Seminar (AES). In it you will find suggestions for locating books, articles, databases and other resources. Please feel free to contact me for further assistance.

Digital reference sources

Why use encyclopedias & other reference works?

Reference works like encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and other collections of information are useful for quickly identifying key facts or researching background information about a particular event or person. Background reading in reference sources can help you:

  • understand historical or social context
  • gather statistics and other supporting data
  • brainstorm ways to narrow or broaden your research topic
  • identify additional sources of information

Reference works can be printed or in digital form. Our library's print Reference Collection is on the first floor. Print and digital reference works can be located by searching the WorldCat Local online catalog or by browsing the library's website.


Select titles in the library's print reference collection

Below are a few of the reference works that have entries relevant to your class. Look alphabetically or in the books' indexes for names of people or places, events, concepts, etc.  All the library's reference books are identified in Voyager; below is only a sampling.

Locating materials in the library

WorldCat Local is the library's online catalog.  Search it to identify the books, e-books, DVD's, CD's, and more in our library's collection. The library uses the Dewey Decimal System to assign a unique call number to every physical item in the building. Each item has a location as well, such as Reference, Reserve, etc.

When you have identified an item that you want to locate, note the entire call number as well as the location. If you search WorldCat Local on a mobile device, you will have the call number and location with you as you go into the stacks.

The library's collection spans all three floors of the building, with the Main (circulating) collection split among the three floors by call number:
000-199 First Floor
200-759.3 Second Floor
759.4-999 Third Floor

For assistance finding items in other locations, just ask at the library's InfoDesk.

Off-campus access

If you are off campus, clicking on links in this guide to databases that are licensed by the library for access by SU faculty, students, and staff will prompt you to log in using your SUID and password. Once you've logged in, you should remain authenticated for the duration of that browser session and be able to access additional library subscription sources without interruption.