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Latinx Heritage Month Resource Guide: Research Starting Points & Search Strategies

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, check out the wide variety of resources available at UNLV Libraries!

Starting Your Latinx Research

Keyword Search Strategies

When books and articles were written and cataloged in the past, terms were used that we now would consider somewhat outdated. Remember, to make certain you are searching comprehensively, it is sometimes necessary to use terms that were commonplace in the past. Below are some examples of keywords to search when using the library catalog or the research databases.

Latin/Latino/Latina

Hispanic

Chicano/a

Mexican Americans

Hispanic Americans

Puerto Ricans Spanish Americans Researching by country, such as: 
United States
Mexico
Cuba

 

You may want to consider combining keywords to narrow your search. 

 

  • Mexican Americans AND mental health
  • Latinos AND higher education
  • Cuba AND culture

You can also broaden your search by adding OR between the keywords or phrases:

  • Hispanic OR Latino
  • Hispanic Americans OR Mexican Americans

Searching by Subject
 

Once you find a book, check out the subject terms associated on the library catalog record. These subject terms are another good way to find additional sources.

For example, looking at the catalog record below, you can click on any of the subject terms to locate more resources.

TITLE Transiciones : Pathways of Latinas and Latinos Writing in High school and College / Todd Ruecker
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
Internet Access   ONLINE
PUBLICATION INFO Logan [Utah] : Utah State University Press, [2015]
SUBJECT English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching
  English language -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Spanish speakers
  English language -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Spanish speakers
  Language arts -- Remedial teaching
  Hispanic Americans -- Education (Higher)
  Hispanic Americans -- Education (Secondary)
  First-generation college students -- United States
  Electronic books
DESCRIPTION 1 online resource
NOTES Description based on print version record
NOTES Includes bibliographical references and index
  Electronic reproduction. Perth, W.A. Available via World Wide Web
  Description based on print version record
ADDED AUTHOR Ebooks Corporation
AUTHOR Stavans, Ilan
TITLE Muy pop! : conversations on Latino popular culture / Ilan Stavans & Frederick L. Aldama
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
UNLV Book Stacks5th Floor PS153.H56 S74 2013   AVAILABLE
PUBLICATION INFO Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]
SUBJECT American literature -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism
  Hispanic American arts
  Hispanic Americans and mass media
  Hispanic Americans -- Intellectual life
  Popular culture -- United States
  Hispanic Americans -- Social life and customs
  Stavans, Ilan -- Interviews
  Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969- -- Interviews
DESCRIPTION 135 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
NOTES Includes index
CONTENTS Prologue: The chatter box -- On hero-worship -- Cartooned!!! -- The allure of lo cursi -- Epilogue: Sense and porquería
ADDED AUTHOR Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-
 
AUTHOR Stavans, Ilan
TITLE Muy pop! : conversations on Latino popular culture / Ilan Stavans & Frederick L. Aldama
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
UNLV Book Stacks5th Floor PS153.H56 S74 2013   AVAILABLE
PUBLICATION INFO Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]
SUBJECT American literature -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism
  Hispanic American arts
  Hispanic Americans and mass media
  Hispanic Americans -- Intellectual life
  Popular culture -- United States
  Hispanic Americans -- Social life and customs
  Stavans, Ilan -- Interviews
  Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969- -- Interviews
DESCRIPTION 135 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
NOTES Includes index
CONTENTS Prologue: The chatter box -- On hero-worship -- Cartooned!!! -- The allure of lo cursi -- Epilogue: Sense and porquería
ADDED AUTHOR Aldama, Frederick Luis, 1969-
 
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