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Finding Information for Latin American Studies 310 by Denis Lacroix French/Spanish Librarian Session Outline. Finding Basic Research Information and Subject Guides Finding Books by author, subject, title, numbers

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Finding Information for

Latin American Studies 310


Denis Lacroix

French/Spanish Librarian

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Session Outline

  • Finding Basic Research Information and Subject Guides

  • Finding Books by author, subject, title, numbers

  • Boolean, Truncation, and Advanced Searching

  • Finding Articles in Periodicals using Databases

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The Research Question




¿Women and movies in Mexico?

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Finding Basic Research Tools

Subject Guides

  • Click on the Subjects tab on the Library home page

  • Click on Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Under Area Studies

  • Click on Latin American Studies

    • In the yellow strip on the right-hand side, click on

      • Information Sources on Latin America

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Finding Basic Research Tools

  • Subject Headings

    • Motion pictures – Encyclopedias

    • Motion pictures – Latin America – Biography

    • Motion pictures -- Mexico

    • Online : Literature Resource Center e.g. [Advanced Search] [Author] Buñuel Luis

    • Key resources:

      • Quién es quién en el teatro y el cine español e hispanoamericano

      • New Latin American Cinema

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Finding Books

  • By author:

    • [Browse] or [Keyword] Foster, David William

  • By title

    • Mexico City in contemporary Mexican cinema

  • Request or place a hold on a book

  • By numbers

    • [Call numbers] PN 1993.5 M4 F67

    • [ISBN] 0292725418

  • About an author as subject

    • [Browse] or [Keyword] Bunuel, Luis

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Advanced Searching

  • Finding books about a topic

    • Think of variant or similar terms

    • Use Boolean operators, e.g. and, or

      • [Words Anywhere] Mexico and (motion pictures or film or movie or cinema). Now Search by [Subject].

  • Use truncation symbols: $ ?

    • [Subject] mexico and (motion picture$ or film$ or movie$ or cinema$)

    • Click on Advanced Search and add [Words anywhere] wom?n to the above search string.

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Finding Articles in Periodicals

  • Periodicals contain articles.

  • The library catalogue cannot be used to find articles on your research topic. Instead, you need to search databases.

  • Databases are all different:

    • some contain full-text articles

    • some list only citations and abstracts

    • others have a mixture of both

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Magazines or journals or newspapers. These are published on an ongoing basis.


An individual essay, story, editorial etc., usually published in a periodical, but sometimes as a chapter in a book.


The written reference to a document.

Volume #

Issue #

The numbering system used to differentiate between individual issues of a periodical.

Full text

The complete text of the article is available in the database; it is not necessary to find the paper copy of the periodical


A very short summary of an

article or book chapter.

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Databases:Academic Search Premier

  • Searching examples:

    • [Subject] Mexico[Subject] motion picture* or film* or movie* or cinema*[Default Fields] wom?n

    • To view full-text, click on HTML or PDF

    • To save, mail, or print citations

      • Click on Add folder

      • Click on Folder has items

      • Click on option

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Databases:Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

  • Click on Search:

    • [Subject] motion picture mexico [Keyword] wom

  • Save citations to bibliography and send by e-mail or print

  • Search for periodical in Library catalogue

    • Search for Studies in Latin American Popular Culture

    • In Library Catalogue Choose Browse and Periodical Title in “Other Search Options”

    • Periodical is available online! But, check the citation carefully!

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Databases:Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS)

  • Go to Expert Search

    • [Subject] film* mexico

    • Click on Search for variants and Search

  • Click on citation number to see full citation.

  • Click on related article subjects for more articles

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This is a book.

This is a book chapter. Search for book title in the Library catalogue to find this chapter.

Click Subjects for more titles on a related topic.

To refine your search, click on subjects.

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Databases:MLA International Bibliography

  • Search for (movie* or motion picture* or film* or video* or cinema* or actor*) and mexico and wom?n

  • Combine searches by checking terms and clicking on Combine checked..

  • Click on Display.

  • Search for periodical or book titles in Library Catalogue.

    • or click on Check for holdings.

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More Databases

  • Click on the Subjects tab on the Library home page.

  • Click on Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Under Area Studies

  • Click on Latin American Studies.

    • Scroll down through the databases and find more information on each by clicking on More Info.

    • Other Databases to consider seriously:

      • Humanities Abstracts or MLA.

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Let’s Practice

  • Find the Latin American Studies Subject Guide.

  • Find a film encyclopedia.

  • Find a book on Brazilian cinema.

  • Find a periodical article on the movies in Bolivia using the database MLA

  • Find a periodical in citations from preceding search at the Library