Knowing the correct subject headings can greatly improve your results.Here are three important tips.
Use "Hispanic Americans" instead of "Latinos"
Use the term "Mexican American" instead of "Chicano," which is reserved for the civil rights movement.
When researching other nationalities' presence in the US, you have options. Here's an example:
Cubans -- United States
Books are assigned Subject Headings (controlled vocabulary keywords) when cataloged, which makes it easy to search books by topic.
For example, say you're interested in women's role in the Cuban revolution. Your subject search could look like this:
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.