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Latin American Studies: All Disciplines

A guide to select databases, library resources, links, and tips for researchers to find, access, and manage quality information sources in all disciplines of Latin American Studies.


Use this section to search library catalogs for scholarly books. Unsure how to effectively use online catalogs? Jump to the Search Tips section for help!

A note for advanced researchers and faculty:
If the Latin American Library doesn't have the title you're looking for, please don't hesitate to Suggest a Purchase. The LAL librarians will review your request and reply as quickly as possible.

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Search Tips

New to the library? Check out these Howard-Tilton tutorials:

How to do a basic library search

How to do an advanced library search

Finding eBooks

Books are assigned Subject Headings (controlled vocabulary keywords) when cataloged, which makes it easy to search books by topic.

  1. Go to the Advanced Search page
  2. Select "in subject" and then enter the subject you're looking for in the search box

For example, say you're interested in women's role in the Cuban revolution. Your subject search could look like this:

Books are purposefully placed next to their like-minded neighbors.  Found a book of interest?  Look at the books around it!  Below you can browse subject specific call number ranges:

History, Latin America and Caribbean .................... F1201-3799
Geography (General). Societies..........................................G5-6

Latin American art (General) and by country
Spanish Literature.................................................PQ6001-8929      

These are just some examples of call numbers of interest. Find more Latin American Call Number Ranges on the LAL Website.

Want to browse the stacks from the comfort of home? Click on the "virtual browse" button under the title you're interested in to see the books near it on the shelf: 

When you plug keywords into Google Books, it will search the books' full and partial text, which may bring up hits you wouldn't find by doing subject searches in library catalogs. This also allows you to preview specific pages relevant to your research. If you find a book you're interested in on Google Books, search our library catalog to see if we have it, and if not, use the resources above to locate it. 

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