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Chicana/o Studies Research Guide

Background research

Background research can help you:

  • narrow down a broad theme into a smaller topic
  • learn the basics of your topic
  • develop a list of keywords to use when searching for more sources
  • develop a research question and/or thesis statement

Starter databases

Starter databases:

  • simple, browseable databases meant to help students with background research
  • often contain credible reference articles, but can also have viewpoint essays
  • a good alternative or supplement to Wikipedia

Best starter databases:

Gale eBooks tutorial

Gale eBooks Tutorial for Chicanx Studies

  • This database has subject-specific encyclopedia articles which provide simple topic overviews.
  • A perfect way to get to know your topic before diving deeper into scholarly research.
  • Watch the video below to learn more:

Librarian e-book Picks!

Great Books You Can Find in Our Library

Books in the Library

Browse the upstairs library Stacks and Chicano Collection by subject matter:

  • E 401-415 Mexican-American War 
  • F 184 History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • F 870 Ethnic Groups in California
  • F 1200-4000 Latin American History, Leaders, and Politicians 
  • LC 2667-2698 Education and Latin Americans
  • ML 3475 Latin Music
  • N  6538 .M4 Latin Art and Artists
  • PQ Spanish and Latin Literature and Authors
  • PS 153 Latin American Literature and Authors