Subject Guide with Search Tips for Mexico and Mexican History
Books and Media | Articles | Internet

Getting Started

These sources provide a good beginning.  Some contain general discussion or an overview.  This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.

The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures : the civilizations of Mexico and Central America / Davíd Carrasco, editor in chief
F1218.6 .O95 2001
San Marcos, Reference

Hispanic culture of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean / edited by Peter Standish ; associate editors, Jan Michael Hanvik ... [et al.]
F1234 .H794 1996
San Marcos, Reference

Books and Media

Use the Library Catalog http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/library/ to find books, periodicals, and media on your topic.  You can enter keywords of your own choosing, or you can identify the specific subject headings that the library catalog uses to group related materials together. 

Suggested Subject Headings

Selected Call Numbers
F1204 to F1435

Occupied America : a history of Chicanos / Rodolfo Acuña
E184 .M5 A63 2004, San Marcos, Circulating

The Course of Mexican history / Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman, Susan M. Deeds
F1226 .M54 2003, Escondido Center, Circulating

Mexico : an encyclopedia of contemporary culture and history / Don M. Coerver, Suzanne B. Pasztor, and Robert M. Buffington
F1234 .C67 2004, Escondido Center, Reference

Mexicans & Americans : cracking the cultural code / Ned Crouch
GN560 .M6 C76 2004, San Marcos, Circulating   


Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes.  Printed indexes are especially helpful for older material.  Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere. NOTE: Passwords required to use off-campus http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/offcampus.htm

·         EBSCOhost http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web

·         EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles.  For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm


Basic internet Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus your Internet search.   In addition to those listed below, find more sites on the Palomar Library Subject Links site at http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects.htm Information on evaluating websites can be found at http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SelfHelp.htm#websearching.

  • Click on Chicano Studies, Country Studies – North America, Latin American Studies, or Multicultural Studies.

Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style.  For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm 

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