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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@SU 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.