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As you begin your research, you may want to gather some basic background information on your topics from reference sources available online or in print.
Use online reference sources
Use either of these resources, either to search across a set of reference books for background information on general concepts or specific terms or search within a specific e-book (see suggestions below).
"Covering all the possible topics, from colonial cultures and identity to US Latino culture and issues of race, gender and sexuality, this book situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context."
"original essays on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture...in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns." (Also available in print: Ref. E184.A1 G14 2000)
Use print reference sources
The following books, found in the Reference section of the library, may provide useful background information
Encyclopedia Latina (4 vols.) by Ilan Stavans; Harold Augenbraum
Call Number: Ref. E184.S75 E587 2005
Encyclopedic coverage of Latinos in the US from 1492 to the 21st century.
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (4 vols.) by Barbara A. Tenenbaum (Editor); Georgette M. Dorn (Editor)
Call Number: Ref. F1406 .E53 1996
A comprehensive treatment of the history and culture of Latin America.
The Cambridge History of Latin America (12 vols) by Leslie Bethell (Editor)
Call Number: Ref. F1410 .C1834 1984
Essays by the world's leading authorities on Latin American history.
The library's Statista database allows you to search for international, national, and state statistics on many topics, drawing on multiple sources. Try it out!
Statista provides statistical data on many topics including media, business, politics, society, technology and education. Sources include market reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases. Charts can be downloaded in PNG, PowerPoint, Excel or PDF formats or embedded in web pages and can be great in papers or presentations. Data can be accessed by searching or browsing by industry, topic, country, digital market or infographic.