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Finding Information for

Latin American Studies 412


Denis Lacroix

French and Spanish Librarian


Session Outline

  • The Research question and topical concepts
  • Finding Subject Guides and Reference resources
  • Finding Books by author, subject, title
  • Boolean, Truncation, and Advanced Searching
  • Finding online and print Articles in Periodicals
    • Databases and ILL
    • Print Indexes

The Research Question



Art Index

¿ Concrete Brazilian Poetry ?¿ Neoconcretism in Brazilian Art ?

finding subject guides
Finding 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
      • On the right-hand side, click on
      • Information Sources on Latin America, and
      • this presentation
useful reference resources
Useful Reference Resources
  • The global etiquette guide to Mexico and Latin America : everything you need to know for business and travel success - BJ 1838 F673 2002 Bus Ref
  • Brazil - F 2508 Z9 D53 1997 Ruth. Ref.
  • Dictionary of Brazilian Literature - PQ 9506 D554 1988 Ruth. Ref
  • Afro-Braziliana: a Working Bibliography - F 2659 N4 Z9P84 1978 Ruth 3rd
  • Dicionário do folclore brasileiro - GR 133 B6 C33 1962 v.1-v.2 Ruth. 4th
  • Tropical truth : a story of music and revolution in Brazil- ML 3487 B7 V4513 2003 Ruth. Reserve
  • 10 Brazilian artists. 10 artistes brésiliens- N 6655 O59 1975 Ruth. 4th
  • The modernist movement in Brazil- PQ 9571 N72 Ruth. 5th
  • Poesía concreta brasileña : las vanguardias en la encrucijada modernista –PQ 9581 C64 A58 2003 Ruth. 5th
  • South American cinema : a critical filmography, 1915-1994 - PN 1993.5 S63 S68 1996 Ruth. Ref.
  • Literature Resource Center

Finding Books

  • By author:
    • Perrone, Charles
  • By title
    • Seven faces:Brazilian poetry since modernism
  • Request or place a book on hold
  • About an author as subject
    • [Containing] or [Starting with] Niemeyer Oscar
    • Lispector Clarice and criticism

Using Subject Headings

  • LA ST 412 Topical Subject Headings
    • african influences; architecture; art; avant-garde; blacks; brazilian drama; bossa nova; folk art; folk danc$; folk music; folklore; indian art; modernism; motion pictures; music; regionalism; nationalism; economic conditions; politics and government; universalism; globalization; jazz; popular culture; popular music; social change; race relations; race identity; social justice; sustainable development; environmental responsibility; popular music; concrete poetry; brazilian poetry; literature, experimental; theater; tropicalia
  • Geographical Subject Headings
    • Latin America, South America, Brazil
advanced searching
Advanced Searching
  • Finding books about a topic
    • Think of variant or similar terms and click Advanced Search
    • Use Boolean operators, e.g. and, or
      • [Subject] Brazil AND
      • [Subject] poetry or art
  • Use truncation symbols: $ ?
    • [Any Field] concret$ or neoconcret$
    • [Any Field] wom?n
  • Finding Reference titles in advanced search
electronic and print indexes
Electronic and Print Indexes
  • Use electronic databases or print indexes to find periodical articles.
  • Use databases to find articles published since 1980 and print indexes for older material.
  • Databases are all different:
    • some contain full-text articles
    • some list only citations and abstracts
    • others have a mixture of both
locating databases and finding articles
Locating Databases and Finding Articles
  • Under Browse by Subject or Subject in the menu, click on your research area.
  • You will find a list of recommended databases on the left and, on the right, QuickStart guides to help get you started on your research project.
  • E.g. Click on Humanities and Social Sciences Area Studies Latin American Studies
electronic databases
Electronic Databases
  • Latin American Resources: HAPI*, HLAS, Clase.
  • General Humanities: MLA, Humanities Abstracts*, Web of Science*, IBZ*, American Humanities Index*, PCI full-text*, PAIS, Literature Resource Center.
  • Films: Film Indexes Online, Art Index*, Communication & Mass Media Complete*
  • Newspapers: Paper of Record, Factiva*, Info-Latinoamerica
  • Women’s Studies: Women’s Studies International.
  • World-wide or Rare Resources (books & articles): Centre for Research Libraries (CRL), OCLC.
  • Theses: DAI, Index to Theses.* Limitable by Book Review
other databases
Other Databases
  • Country info.: World Almanacs, CountryWatch
  • Statistics: Latin American Databank, Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (OxLAD), Statistical Universe
hispanic american periodicals index hapi
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
  • Click on Search:
    • [Subject] Brazil Add [Keyword] concrete art
  • Save citations to bibliography and send by e-mail or print
  • Search for periodical or book in Library catalogue
    • Search for Latin American Music Review, 23:1 (Spring-Summer 2002), 60-78.
    • Search periodical title in Library Catalogue
      • Choose Starting With and Periodical Title
    • Periodical is available in print and online.
mla international bibliography
MLA International Bibliography
  • Search for [SU Subject] (Brazil*) and [Default Fields] concret* or neoconcret* or visual or emergent or semiotic or kinetic or nonsens* and [Default Fields] poetry or poem*
  • Click on Search
  • Find article using the Get-It icon, the linked full text link and the Library Catalogue
    • e.g. (#3, 4, 12, 17)
  • Add records to your folder and send them by e-mail

Exporting Files to RefWorks

Click on Bibliographic Manager when e-mailing or saving



Click on Bibliography


Select Output Style, File Type, and Reference Location before Creating Bibliography


Place imported records into new folder

learning refworks
Learning RefWorks
  • Click on Citation Guides under Find on the Library’s main Web page.
    • Click on RefWorks
      • RefWorks for New Users
      • RefWorks Tutorial
pci full text
PCI Full-text
  • Type in search terms in Keyword or Article Title Keyword, e.g. brazil*
  • Select limiting options: e.g. language, subjects, scope
  • Search
  • Click Get It button or icon
    • or check Library Catalogue for holdings:
      • choose Periodical Title from menu
      • click on the “Starting with” radio button
      • search for the title of the journal
  • e.g. record #16: Art in America 74:3 (1986:Mar.)
inter library loans ill
Inter-Library Loans (ILL)
  • If the document that you are looking for is not in our Library Catalogue,
    • fill out an ILL electronic form:
    • indicate, if possible, where your document is located in the world.
      • using OCLC WorldCat locate your document in libraries world-wide by clicking on “Libraries Worldwide.”
    • Check the status of your ILL after 2 weeks:
print indexes
Print Indexes
  • Index to Latin American Periodical LiteratureWhat: (1929-1970)Where: Rutherford North Floor 1 Ref. F 1401 I38 folio
  • Public Affairs Information Service : Annual Cumulated Bulletin 1915-1971 andCumulative Subject Index to the PAIS Annual Bulletins 1915-1974Where: Rutherford N flr1 Indexes H1 Z9 B932
  • MLA InternationalBibliographyWhat: (1921 to 1962)Where: Rutherford N flr1 Indexes PB 1 M58
print indexes the sequel
Print Indexes – the Sequel
  • Film literature indexWhat: Index to motion picture periodicals (1973-)Where: PN 1993 F45 v.30 2002 Reference
  • The International Film IndexWhat: film titles, directors’ filmography and indexes (1895-1990)Where: PN 1998 I614 1991 Reference
  • International Index to Film PeriodicalsWhat: Index of motion picture periodicalsWhere: PN 1993 A1 I62 1972-1982 Ref Aux.
book review indexes
Book Review Indexes
  • Book Review IndexWhere: Rutherford North Floor 1 Index Tables Z 1035 A1 B73 What: (Since 1965-) Provides author and title indexes, but no excerpts of the reviews.
  • Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974Where: Rutherford North Floor 1 Index Tables Z 1035 A1 C7 1982
  • Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974Where: Ruth. North Floor 1 Index Tables Z 1035  A1 C72 1979
  • Latin American Network Information Center
  • Latin America: Subject Resources
  • Brazilian Body and Soul Exhibit highlights
reference services
Reference Services
  • This slide show is downloadable at:
  • Contact Librarians through Chat reference, E-mail reference, telephone reference, or in-person at the reference desk.

Good luck in your searches!