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Latino American Studies Research Guide: Find Books

General Tips and Advice

  • Check the MSU Online Catalog for books, videos, and more. Note that the MSU Online Catalog is a union catalog which includes the holdings of the Library of Michigan, the MSU College of Law Library, and other branches on our own campus.

  • Do a wider search using MelCat (a network of participating Michigan libraries) or WorldCat (searches thousands of libraries). You can request non-MSU Library materials through interlibrary loan. NOTE: Not all materials listed in MelCat or WorldCat can be borrowed through interlibrary loan, but many can.

  • Don't forget to use the bibliographies in reference works, books, and articles to identify other resources on your topic.

Finding Books About Latinos

There are a variety of Library of Congress subject headings that are used to describe Latinos in the United States. The most common ones include

Hispanic Americans

This is the official term used to describe United States citizens of Latin American descent. Works on citizens of Latin American countries are entered under Latin Americans. Works on citizens of Latin American countries in the United States are entered under Latin Americans--United States.

There are also narrower terms that might be used:

Mexican Americans This heading is used instead of Chicanos or Hispanos.

Cuban Americans

Dominican Americans

Nicaraguan Americans

Peruvian Americans

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