Hispanic American Subject Guide

Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the "More Search Options" from CityCat available from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc. Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject. Examples of Library of Congress call numbers are appended to the reference books in the Using Reference Sources section below.

Please note that the Library of Congress uses “Mexican Americans” and "Mexican American Women" as the authorized subject headings and NOT “Chicanos” and "Chicanas" and, likewise, “Hispanic Americans” and "Hispanic American Women" NOT “Latinos” and "Latinas".

To begin research in this area, do a subject search on “Mexican Americans” or “Hispanic Americans” and browse through its various subdivisions such as:

Mexican Americans - Civil rights
Mexican Americans - Ethnic identity
Hispanic Americans - Economic conditions
Hispanic Americans - History

 

You may also use related subject heading beginning with the adjectives “Mexican American” or “Hispanic American” such as:

Mexican American art
Mexican American women
Hispanic American musicians

 

If you have a particular Hispanic American ethnic group that you're trying to research, you may start by doing a subject search on that particular group. Examples are:

Cuban Americans
Cuban American women
Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rican families

 

E-books

In addition to traditional print books, CityCat, the Library's Online Public Access Catalog, also provides access to electronic books (eBooks). To access an eBook while on campus, click on the brief bibliographic record to access the full bibliographic record. From here, click on the hyperlink below "Link to an Electronic Resource". You will be redirected to another page where you may read the eBook by clicking on "View this eBook". To access this resource from off-campus, you will need the 14-digit barcode found on your CCSF photo ID.

 

Using Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some reference books pertaining to Hispanic Americans, arranged by the Library of Congress call number, include:

Tardiff, Joseph C., and L. Mpho Mabunda (eds). Dictionary of Hispanic Biography.
New York, NY : Gale Research, 1996.
CT1343 .D53 1996 Rosenberg Reference

Fernandez-Shaw, Carlos M. and Gerardo Piña-González.
The Hispanic Presence in North America from 1492 to Today.
New York, NY : Facts On File, 1999.
E169.1 .F375 1999 Rosenberg Reference

Novas, Himilce.
The Hispanic 100 : a Ranking of the Latino Men and Women Who Have Most Influenced American Thought and Culture. .
New York, NY : Carol Pub. Group, 1995.
E169.1 .N77 1995 Rosenberg Reference

Schultz, Jeffrey D. (ed). Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics..
Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 2000.
E184.A1 E574 2000 Rosenberg Reference

Campbell, Richard C. Two Eagles in the Sun : Your Questions Answered About Mexican Hispanics in the Border Southwest & Other Hispanics in the United States. .
Las Cruces, NM : EDITTS Pub., 1995
E184.S75 C35 1995 Rosenberg Reference

Kanellos, Nicolas and Critelia Pérez. Chronology of Hispanic-American History.
New York , NY: Gale Research, 1995.
E184.S75 C49 1995 Rosenberg Reference

Stavans, Ilan and Harold Augenbraum (eds). Encyclopedia Latina : History, Culture, and Society in the United States.
Danbury, CT : Grolier Academic Reference, 2005.
E184.S75 E587 2005 Rosenberg Reference

Chávez Candelaria, Cordelia (ed). Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture.
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2004.
E184.S75 E59 2004 Rosenberg Reference

Weaver, Thomas et al., (eds) Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States : Anthropology.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, 1994.
E184.S75 H3653 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Jiménez Nuñez, Alfredo et al. (eds). Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States : History.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, 1994.
E184.S75 H3655 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Padilla, Felix M. et al. (eds). Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States : Sociology.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, 1994.
E184.S75 H3657 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Kanellos, Nicolas (ed). The Hispanic American Almanac : a Reference Work on Hispanics in the United States.
2nd ed. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1997.
E184.S75 H557 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Nagel, Rob and Sharon Rose (eds). Hispanic American Biography.
New York, NY : U X L, 1995.
E184.S75 H558 1995 Rosenberg Reference

Kanellos, Nicolas and Bryan Ryan (eds). Hispanic American Chronology.
New York, NY : U X L, 1996.
E184.S75 H559 1996 Rosenberg Reference

Kanellos, Nicolas. Hispanic Firsts : 500 years of Extraordinary Achievement.
Detroit, MI : Gale, 1997.
E184.S75 K36 1997b Rosenberg Reference

Telgen, Diane and Jim Kamp (eds). Latinas! : Women of Achievement.
Detroit, MI : Visible Ink Press, 1996.
E184.S75 L354 1996 Rosenberg Reference

Chabrán, Richard and Rafael Chabrán (eds). The Latino Encyclopedia.
New York, NY : Marshall Cavendish, 1996.
E184.S75 L357 1996 Rosenberg Reference

Guereña, Salvador and Vivian M. Pisano. Latino Periodicals : a Selection Guide.
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., 1998.
E184.S75 L36 1998 Rosenberg Reference

Meier, Matt S. at al. Notable Latino Americans : a Biographical Dictionary.
Westport, CT. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
E184.S75 M435 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Telgen, Diane and Jim Kamp (eds). Notable Hispanic American Women.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1993.
E184.S75 N68 1993 Rosenberg Reference

Benson, Sonia G. (ed.) Reference Library of Hispanic America.
Farmington Hills, MI : Gale Group, 2003.
E184.S75 R44 2003 Rosenberg Reference

Castro, Rafaela. Dictionary of Chicano Folklore.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2001.
GR111.M49 C37 2001 Rosenberg Reference

Kenig, Graciela. Best Careers for Bilingual Latinos : Market your Fluency in Spanish to Get Ahead on the Job.
Lincolnwood, IL : VGM Career Horizons, 1999.
HF5382.5.U5 K455 1999 Rosenberg Reference

Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans.
El Dorado Hills, CA : Reference Service Press, 2003.
LB2338 .F5645 2001-03 Rosenberg Reference

Burr, Ramiro. The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music.
New York, NY : Billboard Books, 1999.
ML102.T45 B87 1999 Rosenberg Reference

Beardsley, John and Jane Livingston. Hispanic Art in the United States : Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors.
Houston, TX : Museum of Fine Arts ; New York : Abbeville Press, 1987.
N6538.H58 B43 1987 Rosenberg Reference

Riggs, Thomas (ed). St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists : Profiles of Latino and Latin American Artists.
Detroit, MI : St. James Press, 2002.
N6538.H58 S7 2002 Rosenberg Reference

Keller, Gary D. A Biographical Handbook of Hispanics and United States Film.
Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1997.
PN1995.9.H47 K46 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Reyes, Luis and Peter Rubie. Hispanics in Hollywood : an Encyclopedia of Film and Television.
New York, NY : Garland Pub., 1994.
PN1995.9.H47 R49 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Keller, Gary D. Hispanics and United States Film : an Overview and Handbook.
Tempe, AZ : Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1994.
PN1995.9.L37 K46 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Krstovic, Jelena O. (ed). Hispanic Literature Criticism.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1994.
PQ7081.A1 H573 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Magill, Frank Northen (ed). Masterpieces of Latino Literature.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 1994.
PQ7081.A1 M29 1994 Rosenberg Reference

Lomelí, Francisco A. and Carl R. Shirley (eds). Chicano Writers : First Series.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1989.
PS21 .D5 v.82 Rosenberg Reference

Lomelí, Francisco A. and Carl R. Shirley (eds). Chicano Writers : Second Series.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1992.
PS21 .D5 v.122 Rosenberg Reference

Lomelí, Francisco A. and Carl R. Shirley (eds). Chicano Writers : Third Series.
Detroit, MI : Gale Group, 1999.
PS21 .D5 v.209 Rosenberg Reference

Barretto, João C., Roberto Trujillo and Andrés Rodríguez. Literatura Chicana : a Bibliography of Creative and Critical Mexican American Writings Through 1996.
San Francisco, CA : City College of San Francisco, Rosenberg Library, 1998. (also available on the web)
PS153.M4 B377 1998 Rosenberg Reference

Zimmerman, Marc. U.S. Latino Literature : an Essay and Annotated Bibliography.
Chicago, IL : MARCH/Abrazo Press, 1992.
PS153.H56 Z55 1992 Rosenberg Reference

Lomelí, Francisco A. et al. (eds). Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States : Literature and Art.
Houston, TX : Arte Público Press, 1993.
PS508.H57 H355 1993 Rosenberg Reference

Kanellos, Nicolas (ed). The Hispanic Literary Companion.
Detroit, MI : Visible Ink, 1997.
PS508.H57 H566 1997 Rosenberg Reference

García-Ayvens, Francisco. Chicano Anthology Index : a Comprehensive Author, Title, and Subject Index to Chicano Anthologies, 1965-1987.
Berkeley, CA : Chicano Studies Library Publications Unit, University of California at Berkeley, 1990.
Z1361.M4 G37 1990 Rosenberg Reference

 

Databases

Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF Photo ID card with a barcode to access those to which CCSF subscribes.

Gale Powersearch
There are currently 14 databases within Powersearch available to the CCSF community. A listing of the databases may be accessed here.

For this group of databases, you will find articles with

a) a citation only
b) a citation with an abstract of the article
c) a citation with the full text of the article.


By default, the limit to full-text articles is selected. If you wish to maximize your search results to include articles for which there is only a citation or a citation with an accompanying abstract, you may uncheck this limit.


Advanced search mode. This keyword search option allows you to specify words or terms in your search. You may combine keywords and phrases with "AND".

Examples: Hispanics and discrimination and workplace
(As an alternate to the above search, you could substitute "workplace" with "employment" or "Hispanics" with "Latinos" or other synonyms to maximize your results.)
Hispanics and affirmative action
Latinas and health care
Cuban Americans and community

Browse subjects
mode
You may browse a major subject by entering "Mexican Americans" in the Find Subject box provided and then either clicking on the "Search" button or hitting the "Enter" key on the keyboard. At the next screen, select the "+" sign next to View subdivisions. At the next screen, you may select the appropriate subdivision containing the cluster of citations you would like to look at.

Examples of other subject headings include:

Mexican American art
Hispanic American women
Chávez, César
Huerta, Dolores

 

EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost is an online reference system consisting of 22 databases which offer a variety of proprietary full-text periodical articles from leading publishers and information providers. A listing of the databases may be accessed by selecting "Choose databases" near the top of the screen.

By default, the limit to full-text articles is selected. If you wish to maximize your search results to include articles for which there is only a citation or a citation with an accompanying abstract, you may uncheck this limit.

Advanced search mode. This keyword search option allows you to specify words or terms in your search. Enter the words or phrases in the boxes provided.

Examples:

Latinos AND education

Hispanic Americans AND diabetes


Literature Resource Center
provides full-text articles on literary authors, their works and literary movements.
Example:

Rodríguez, Richard
Alvarez, Julia

Ethnic Newswatch
is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.

Example: Hispanics and healthcare

Web Sites

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites pertaining to Latin America. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

NCLR (National Council of La Raza)
http://www.nclr.org/
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is a private, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

IUPLR (Inter-University Program for Latino Research)
http://www.nd.edu/~iuplr/
IUPLR (Inter-University Program for Latino Research) is a nationwide university-based research organization consortium of 18 Latino research centers based at major universities across the United States that brings together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to conduct policy-relevant research on Latinos.

U.S. Census Bureau for statistics on Hispanics
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hispanic.html

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/csre/reports/index.html
The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University provides Bay Area and California demographic and statistic reports based on the 2000 U.S. Census.

Citing your references

In order to create your "Works Cited" list or Bibliography, you may access guides for the MLA (Modern Language Association) and the APA (American Psychological Association) formats here.