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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When books and articles were written and cataloged in the past, terms were used that we now would consider somewhat outdated.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


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.

screenshot of the catalog record for Transiciones : Pathways of latinas and latinos writing in high school and college

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