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History: Latin America: Books, media, etc.

Books, media, etc. - what are they?

These are equivalent to what you would find on the shelf in a library.

  • Books on a single topic by one (or two or three...) authors.
  • Books which are edited volumes where each chapter is written by a different expert.
  • Audio-visual material such as DVDs, videos, CDs, etc.
  • Scores and librettos.

See the Articles tab for locating journals, magazines and newspapers.

Books, Media, etc. - how to search for them

  1. Try a title or keyword search on your topic.
  2. Look at several relevant records from the results list and note words and phrases from the "subject" area.
  3. Go back to the search screen and search BY SUBJECT using the words you identified in step 2.
  4. When you find something useful, either copy down the call number and location (if it is in our library) or submit an interlibrary loan

More detailed directions can be found on our Searching Databases page.

Major search tools for books

Searching BearCat (and other catalogs) for history

Use Basic Search to find books listed by author keyword and title keyword.

Books are also assigned subject terms in the catalog. A book is given the most specific subject(s) which fully describes its contents. Use Basic Search / Words in Subject search to look for specific subjects such as: GOVERNMENT - LATIN AMERICA -- HISTORY, as well as broad subject headings such as LATIN AMERICA--HISTORY.  Also search for related geographical terms including: SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, and names of particular countries.

Remember that books on broad subjects may well have sections dealing with the more specific topic you are researching.

Time periods are especially important when searching for history books. Each country or city will have time periods appropriate to that place. To find the time periods used for the history of a country, city, or region, do a Basic Search by “Subject begins with...…”. Type in the PLACE NAME and the word HISTORY. Then you can browse through screens of time period subdivisions. This is very useful for places with many history books in our collection.

Example: Latin America History - you will see the many time periods of British history to choose from - in 3 groupings, listed one after the other.

  1. historical periods named by century, e.g.
    • Latin America -- History -- 20th century
  2. historical periods with date ranges, e.g.
    • Latin America -- History -- 1830-1898
    • Latin America -- History -- 1948-1980
  3. historical periods with names (listed alphabetically), e.g.
    • Latin America -- History -- Wars of Independence (1806-1830)

Clearly, you will want to check all three sequential lists.

If you just use Basic Search / "All Fields" or "Words in Subject" for - Latin America History - you get more than 440 hits, with time periods all mixed together.

Also, use the SUBJECTS listed on the catalog records themselves to identify other useful search terms.

Searching for media

Can't find it here?

Browsing the stacks

F: History - America

  • 1201 - 1392   Mexico
  • 1401 - 1419   Latin America (General)
  • 1421 - 1577   Central America
  • 1441 - 1457   Belize
  • 1461 - 1477   Guatemala
  • 1481 - 1497   Salvador (El Salvador)
  • 1501 - 1517   Honduras
  • 1521 - 1537   Nicaragua
  • 1541 - 1557   Costa Rica
  • 1561 - 1577   Panama
  • 1601 - 2191   West Indies
  • 2201 - 2239   South America (General)
  • 2251 - 2291   Colombia
  • 2301 - 2349   Venezuela
  • 2351 - 2471   Guianas. Guyana. Surinam. French Guiana
  • 2501 - 2659   Brazil
  • 2661 - 2699   Paraguay
  • 2701 - 2799   Uruguay
  • 2801 - 3031.5   Argentina
  • 3051 - 3285   Chile
  • 3301 - 3359   Bolivia
  • 3401 - 3619   Peru
  • 3701 - 3799   Ecuador



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