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Latin American Studies Subject Guide

Books

Clearly define what it is you wish to research. Decide whether you want an overview of the whole region or wish instead to focus on a particular country or subject. Be as specific as possible.


Using Subject Headings:


When searching for your topic in the online Library Catalogue, use the 'Subject starts with' search option using the suggested subject heading listed below. Another approach is to enter your own words as a Basic Keyword search; then if the search turns up any appropriate items, check what the “official” subject headings are.

Some useful subject headings:


CENTRAL AMERICA

LATIN AMERICA

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE


Names of countries, regions, states and cities may be used as well (be sure to take a look at further subdivisions, such as "Amazon River Valley -- Agriculture," "Colombia -- Democratization," etc.). For example:


ARGENTINA


BRAZIL


COLOMBIA


MEXICO


Etc.



Subjects may also be subdivided by country, region, state or city, e.g.:



DAMS – ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS – ARGENTINA

DRUG TRAFFIC - COLOMBIA

FREE TRADE – MEXICO

RITES AND CEREMONIES – MEXICO – NAYARIT

RURAL-URBAN MIGRATION – LATIN AMERICA

SOCIAL CONFLICT – CHILE

WOMEN – LATIN AMERICA – ECONOMIC CONDITIONS



Names of people, groups, historical or archaeological sites and other man-made structures may also be used as subject headings, e.g.:


AZTECS

BORGES, JORGE LUIS, 1899-

COPAN SITE (HONDURAS)

KAHLO, FRIDA

MAYAS

PANAMA CANAL (PANAMA)