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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

Voyager 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
Venezuela--Civilization
Women--Social conditions
Women--[country name]

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

E-book collections in the SLC

The library provides the campus access to over 40,000 e-books that can be read on any computer with Internet access. E-Books are from two collections that can be searched from the links below. All titles are also listed individually in the WorldCat Local online catalog. To search across all titles at once, search WorldCat Local for your subject, author, or title and limit your search to E-Book Collection.

Free e-books