This guide is designed to help you research information about Hispanic Heritage . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Helpful Search Terms:

  • Hispanic Americans
  • Latin America
  • Hispanic culture

New Books

Suarez, Ray. Latino Americans: The 500-year legacy that shaped a nation. New York: A Celebra Book, 2013. Print.
Call Number: E184.S75 S83 2013

Hero, Rodney E. and Robert R. Preuhs. Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond conflict or cooperation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: E185.615 .H39 2013

Circulating Books

Dávila, Arlene M. Latinos, Inc.: the Marketing and Making of a People. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. Print.
Call Number: HF5415.33.U6 D38 2012

Saenz, Rogelio. Latino issues: a Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Print.
Call Number: E184.S75 S23 2011

Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: a Concise History of Latin America. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. Print.
Call Number: F1410 .C4397 2011

Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: Latin American Voices. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. Print.
Call Number: F1410 .B697 2011

Bergad, Laird W. Hispanics in the United States: a Demographic, Social, and Economic History, 1980-2005. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: E184.S75 B47 2010

Abrajano, Marisa. New faces, New Voices: the Hispanic Electorate in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: E184.S75 A65 2010

Music CDs

Putumayo Presents: Latin Lounge. Putumayo World Music, 2005. CD.
Call Number: M1627 .L37 2005

Putumayo Presents: Nuevo Latino. Putumayo World Music, 2004.CD
Call Number: M1686 .N84 2004

Putumayo Presents: Latin Groove. Putumayo World Music, 2002. CD.
Call Number: M1627 .L29 2002

Putumayo Presents: Latin Playground. Putumayo World Music, 2002. CD.
Call Number: M1992 .L38 2002

Putumayo Presents: Mexico. Putumayo World Music, 2001.CD.
Call Number: M1683.18 .P88 2001

Putumayo Presents: Puerto Rico. Putumayo World Music, 2001.CD.
Call Number: M1681 .P618 2000

Latinas: Women of Latin America. Putumayo World Music, 2000. CD.
Call Number: M1627 .L29 2000

Putumayo Presents: Latino! Latino!. Putumayo World Music, 1997. CD.
Call Number: M1687 .L349 1997

Streaming Videos

Films on Demand

The Hispanic Americans (7-part series, 44 minutes each)
In this 7-part series, hosted by actors Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo, dozens of Hispanics—some famous, some average people—explore what it means to be Hispanic American

Americano as Apple Pie: The Latino Experience in America (2-part series, 30 minutes each)
This informative series looks at a variety of issues concerning the Latino cultures in America, including the size and history of different Hispanic populations and the effects of current U.S. immigration laws. The programs examine Latino identity in both thriving urban neighborhoods and isolated rural towns and feature a host of prominent figures in the greater Hispanic community.

Growing up Hispanic: Children in Crisis (58 minutes)
Reports from reputable medical sources reveal a statistical correlation between healthcare issues and poor academic performance in Hispanic communities nationwide. In this program, the National Council of La Raza’s Raul Yzaguirre, former Surgeon General David Satcher, the Hispanic Dental Association’s Nelson Artiga, and other experts address the pervasive health concerns—most notably dental problems and pediatric obesity—and insufficient access to healthcare that plague America’s Hispanic population, significantly undermining Latino children’s education as well as long-term well-being. Health initiatives in California, Texas, Florida, and New York are featured, along with case studies from those states.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about Hispanic people and culture.
  • Newsweek
  • Time


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Latino American Experience

  • This full-text database includes information from more than 150 book about the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States; photos, articles, websites, and more.
  • There are many ways to access the information: in addition to searching for a specific topics you can browse subjects, a timeline from 50,000 B.C. to the present, or original sources.

Academic Search Premier

  • This interdisciplinary database includes articles about Hispanic Americans in a variety of disciplines: psychology, geography, health, current news, and more
  • Includes access to 10+ Hispanic-focused publications such as "Hispanic", "Hispanic Review", and "Bulletin of Hispanic Studies".
  • Select “full text” and “peer reviewed” to limit results to scholarly articles for which you can access the entire text.
  • Tutorial

Biography Resource Center

  • Biographical information is collected from academic research publications as well as current newspapers and magazines.
  • Browse by clicking on "Category Browse" and then selecting Hispanic Americans.

Literary Reference Center

  • Includes plot summaries, full text, biographies of authors, as well as literary criticism, reviews, and interviews.
  • Search by title, author's name, or go to "Advanced Search" to select ethnicity.
  • Tutorial

Web sites

There are many helpful Hispanic culture/heritage web sites on the internet. These web sites below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

Smithsonian Latino Center – links (with many images) to collections of Hispanic Art (e.g. clothing, Cuban stamps, photography) and other Latino resources – in & out of the Smithsonian.

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Library of Congress'
page on National Hispanic Heritage month, including links to online exhibits honoring Hispanic Americans.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial

Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 6/24/08 by Michael Shaffer. Updated on 12/21/09 by William Hoag. Updated on 3/25/14 by Joy Singletary.