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Latin American/Border Studies: Subject Guide: Books & e-books

Resources for your Latin American /Border Studies research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web

Voyager - for items at our library

WorldCat is the library's online catalog.  Search it to find out what books, e-books, videos, DVD's, CD's and more are available in our library.

A keyword search is the most general kind of search you can do. This will look for your search term in the entire bibliographic record for an item -- title, author, subject, contents, etc. Keyword searches can help you identify book chapters devoted to your subject, too. Advanced Keyword searching will enable you to construct more complex searches, specifying a combination of subject or title keywords, formats, languages, locations, and more.

You can refine your keyword search using these tips:

- use quotes to search phrases: "latin america",
- use + to mark essential terms: +revolution,
- use * to mark important terms: *women,
- use ? to truncate: mexic?
(this will bring up results for Mexico, Mexican, Mexicans, etc.)

Using the "Limit To" menu, you can limit your search to films, audio, musical scores, the e-book collection, items from the last 10 years, and more.

Once you have found a source that you like, look at the hyperlinked subject headings at the bottom of the electronic catalog record to determine the best terms to use in a subject search for further materials. The terminology used in subject headings may not be intuitive, so always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need.  A few examples of subject headings related to Latin American Studies are below.

Art, Latin American
Chavez Frias, Hugo
Feminism--Mexico--History--20th century
Latin America--Social life and customs
Latin American literature
Latin America in literature
Masculinity--Caribbean area
Revolutionaries--Latin America--Biography
South America--History
Women--Social conditions
Women--[country name]

Since Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary field, relevant materials are located throughout the library.