Resources for Chicano/Latino Studies (CLA201-203)

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Contents of Resources for Chicano/Latino Studies

This page contains information on both paper and electronic books and other resources


Reference Books

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password.





    *Includes a chronology.

Literature and Art

  • REF 810.9868 K13 Hispanic literature of the United States : a comprehensive reference
  • REF 700.8968073 Ot2 2007 Latinos in the arts
  • For art reference see Oxford Art Online (see also image databases)
  • Literary biography and criticism reference books are found in Literature Resource Center, a collection of electronic reference books and articles.




  • REF 815.0080920693 V87 Voices of multicultural America : notable speeches delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995

Finding Other Books and Audiovisual Materials

Browsing Lists

Catalog Search

Use the library catalog to look for additional materials.

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Fig. 1. The catalog search

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the library barcode number from their Chemeketa ID and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.

Subject Headings for Library Catalogs

  • Hispanic Americans (-- History, -- Social Conditions, etc.)
  • Mexican Americans (-- History, -- Social Conditions, etc.)
  • Spain -- Colonies -- America -- Administration
  • New Spain -- Colonization
  • America -- Discovery and exploration
  • America -- History -- To 1810
  • Latin America -- History -- To 1600 -- Sources
  • Mexican War, 1845-1848
  • United States -- History -- War with Mexico, 1845-1848
  • United States -- Relations -- Mexico.
  • Mexico -- Relations -- United States
  • United States -- Boundaries -- Mexico
  • Mexico -- Boundaries -- United States
  • Mexican-American Border Region

Article Databases & Indexes

These databases may be used to find articles relating to your topic. All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a computer not on the Chemeketa Community College network, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Gale Academic OneFile
Index to over 10,000 publications, many peer-reviewed, with numerous articles in full text.
Full text of nearly 500 Spanish-language periodicals, including both peer-reviewed journals and popular magazines.
HLAS (Handbook of Latin American Studies) is edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Scholarly "works reviewed include books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the disciplines of Anthropology (including Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Ethnology), Art, Economics, Geography, Government and Politics, History, International Relations, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Sociology. Starting with Volume 54, the Handbook also includes a section on Electronic Resources for Latin American studies." Annotations (abstracts) are about a year behind. Does not include full text.
JSTOR is an archive of full text journals and is strong in history, economics, literature, the arts, and more.

Internet Sites

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Updated: 20 August 2013