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Puerto Rican & Latina/o Studies Subject Guide — Getting Started

This guide offers you useful information on how to find and search for books, journals and other resources for Puerto Rican & Latino Studies

Puerto Rican & Latina/o Studies Subject Guide

Miniature flags representing Hispanic nations line the stage during the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Photo via Flickr/texasmilitaryforces (CC BY-ND 2.0)Welcome to the Puerto Rican & Latina/o Studies Subject Guide! This guide will help you to find materials such as books, journal articles, and films in the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of Puerto Rican & Latina/o Studies and offer suggestions for beginning research in this field.

 

Tips on How to Find Sources for Your Paper

The meanings and uses of terms like Hispanic, Latina/o, Latinx, Puerto Rican, DiaspoRican, Newyorikan have shifted over time and continue to change. In terms of research, it is helpful to consider that: 
  • The term most widely used in book catalogs and databases to organize materials in this subject is Hispanic American
  • The terms Latina/Latino/Latinx are not used widely for subject classification but can be found in the titles of books and articles
  • Use quotation marks to search "Hispanic American" as a phrase
  • Terms like Hispanic American and Latina/Latino/Latinx/Latine are umbrella terms, meaning that they represent a wide variety of people and nationalities. In you want to research a particular group or nationality, consider narrowing your search by using terms that represent the group you want to study. For example, Puerto Rican, Chicana/Chicano/Chicanx, Mexican American, Salvadorans, etc... This is particularly important when searching databases because some studies focus on one or two groups.
These tips work in any search database box, Library Search box, WorldCat or Google Scholar. 

 

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Photo caption/info: Miniature flags representing Hispanic nations line the stage during the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. Photo via Flickr/texasmilitaryforces (CC BY-ND 2.0). Original story: "Negotiating Hispanic and Latino Identity (Even if Neither Label Fits)" By Lucia Benavides, Sep 28, 2015, KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station.