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HY 443: Research Seminar in World History - US/Latin American Relations: Books and E-Books

This guide was created to support students in Dr. Nouwen's HY 443 students in the spring of 2014. It should be considered a starting point, not a comprehensive guide.

SOUTHcat

To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("latin america")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (america? would find america or american)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "latin america" dictator?, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term could be "Authoritarianism --Latin America." or "Latin America --Politics and government."  Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.
  • Revise and refine your searches. Combine words or phrases.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. These collections tend to focus on a specific discipline or field of study in their coverage.

Searching Outside Marx Library

To find items on  your topic that are not within the USA Libraries' collection, try Worldcat and Google Books. If you find something useful, we may be able to get it for you from another library via interlibrary loan.