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Latina/o Studies

Research Strategies for Latina/o Studies

Flexibility and persistence are very much needed characteristics as you pursue your research projects in Latina/o Studies! Here are a few general principles to keep in mind as you work on your research:

  • You will need to work with multiple databases from multiple disciplinary perspectives;
  • You will need to search databases using multiple terms for the same people: Latino, Hispanic, Chicano, Mexican-American, etc.
  • You may need to work with primary sources that are created and disseminated outside of the mainstream academic publishing models.
  • Please don't hesitate to ask for research help! Contact a librarian to ask quick questions via email or to schedule an appointment.

Oxford Encyclopedias

Gale eBooks

Gale eBooks includes the full text of over 100 subject encyclopedias spanning multiple disciplines. It encompasses content relevant to several aspects of Latina/o Studies, including cinema, history, literature, food and culture, and the arts.

Additional Online Reference Resources

Background Information

Print reference books are located on the first floor of Collins Library.

Cambridge Histories

The Cambridge Histories series is an indispensable reference collection with over 300 titles spanning 15 subject areas, including literary studies. Each (often multi-volume) history provides a big-picture perspective of its subject, introduces readers to existing scholarship, and proposes new trends in the field. 

Language, Literature, and the Arts

Introductions to Latina/o Studies

Not sure where to start? Browse these resources to see what's happening in the world of Latina/o Studies.