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CHS 300 — Introduction to Chicano/a Studies (Chávez)

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Veronica D'aquino
(310) 243-2581


Library Basic Information

Background Information

Books & E-Books



Plagiarism & Citation


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Background Information

Articles, chapters, and reviewed essays from subject encyclopedias and handbooks are particularly helpful for providing a snapshot of the scope and aspects of a particular topic. These resources are a good starting point if you are new to a particular research area. Likewise, you may also find the references to other works that usually appear at the end of each article useful.

Some of these resources might be accessible online by providing your CSUDH username and password, while others might be available as print and should be requested by their call numbers. Please click the hyperlinks to access those that are available electronically.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Atlases

The borderlands: an encyclopedia of culture and politics on the US-Mexico divide


Encyclopedia of Latin American Theater

Ref PQ7082. D7 E63 2003

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American civil rights movement

Ref E184. M5 M458 2000 / Online

Latino: a state-by-state encyclopedia

Ref184. S75 L35888 2010

Latino Americans and political participation: a reference handbook

E184. S75 L3557 2004 / Online

Latino chronology: chronologies of the American mosaic


Latino history and culture: an encyclopedia

Ref E184. S75 S3622 2010

Latino issues: a reference handbook


The Mexican-American experience: an encyclopedia

E184.5. M5 M4535 2003 / Online

The Oxford encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States

Ref E184. S75 S97 2005

Encyclopedia of popular culture

Ref E184. S75 E59 2004

Dictionaries, Biographies


These specialized dictionaries provide brief entries for terms, topics, or biographical essays pertaining to the Chicano studies.

Artists from Latin American culture


Chicano literature: a reference guide

Ref PS153. M4 C46

El diccionario del espańol chicano

Ref PC4827. G35 1985

Dictionary of Chicano folklore

GR111.M49 C37 2000 / Online

Hispanics in Hollywood: an encyclopedia

Ref PN1995.5. H47 R49 1994

Latinas in the United States: a historical encyclopedia


Books & E-Books

The Torofind Catalog allows you to identify books and other materials held in and available to the library. The Simple Search screen enables you to search by Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, ISBN/ISSNN, or Library of Congress call number by using the dropdown feature in the search bar. For more complex searches, use the Advanced Search option where you can combine multiple concepts and search fields in various ways.

Below are some subject headings used to describe materials available in our catalog. The hyperlinks will take you to the result list. Otherwise, select the Subject field from the drop down menu of the Toro Find Catalog and type your predefined heading. Be aware that when conducting searches on Mexican Americans, Chicano, and Latinos these groups all fall under the broader term of Hispanic.

Chicano movement

Mexican Americans

Mexican Americans -- California

Mexican Americans – Ethnic identity

Mexican Americans -- History

Mexican Americans Politics and Government

Mexican Americans -- Politics and suffrage

Mexican Americans – Social conditions

Mexican Americans in literature

American literature -- Mexican American authors --History and criticism

Browsing Books and Other Materials

The University Library contains books and other relevant materials pertaining to the discipline of Chicano Studies arranged according to the Library of Congress system. E184. M5 is the main call number area for resources on Mexican Americans in the United States, and can be found in the 3rd floor North wing. Additional relevant resources are also available within other call number groupings as they relate to their educational aspects (e.g. LC2683-2688, 4th floor North), art (e.g. N6538. M4, 4th floor North), and literature (PS153-158, 4th floor south), among some.


 Not all currently available e-books are accessible from the online catalog; therefore also try searching directly through the e-book vendor. E-book databases are available on the library home page under Databases by Subject. The library online catalog is also used to manage renewals, save and e-mail searches, and more. Our collection of e-books is restricted to our CSUDH community, Please log in using your CSUDH username and password.

 Checking Out Materials

If you have a current student ID you may check out up to 30 items for 28 days from the general collection at the Circulation Desk, located on the second floor of the library. Be aware that although some course-required materials may be available for check out, these resources are loaned for a limited period of time -- usually 2 hours but can also be up to 4 days. For more information on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc. contact the Circulation Desk at (310) 243-3712.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Catalog of the CSU Libraries allows searching of the collections from all 23 CSU campuses, and for finding materials that are not available at your CSUDH Library. These materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan online at no cost.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community, state, country, and from around the world.  WorldCat locates your items of interest at the libraries nearest to our campus. Items available for loan may be borrowed online and include: books, journal articles, and some dissertations and theses. For additional information on policies contact the Interlibrary-Loan Services at (310) 243-3716.


The University Library subscribes to a number of databases that index magazine and journal articles, many of which are specialized in the field of Education and are available full text.

Access to electronic databases is available through the library’s main webpage via Databases by Title. Databases are also arranged by topics under Databases by Subject. Full-text access and date coverage varies by individual periodical titles as well as from one database to another; therefore you may find it necessary to search in multiple databases.

The Journals by Title allows you to identify and locate specific journals, their availability, whether they are accessible electronically or in print, and their coverage dates.

If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My CSUDH username and password.

Core Databases

Chicano database is a comprehensive bibliographic index of journal and magazine articles, books, and book chapters regarding Mexican American topics as well as Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants since 1992.

America: History & Life is the major database on American history through current times, providing relevant articles related to the Chicano/a experience in the United States.

Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary database that provides access to a wide range of general interest magazines (trade and consumer) as well as scholarly journals. It is a good place to start on most topics dealing with Mexican American issues.

JSTOR is a digital archive of scholarly journals, many of which related to Latin American studies.

Project Muse provides access to scholarly journals and books on literature and literary criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, social science, and mathematics.

Ethnic NewsWatch provides full text access of newspapers, magazines and journals of the multiethnic, minority and native press in America.

 Other Recommended Databases

 ERIC & Education Full Text features content on a wide array of subject areas including adult education, comparative education, government funding, higher education, school administration, and teacher evaluation among many others. It provides full text coverage from over 350 journals dating back to 1996.

MLA International Bibliography is a scholarly database covering literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory & criticism, and the dramatic arts.

PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, book
 chapters, dissertations and technical reports in the field of psychology.

SocINDEX offers coverage from the sub-disciplines of sociology, including anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, demography, economic development, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, politics, religion, to name a few.


Hispanic Populations in the United States by the US Census Bureau includes current and past statistical data and reports on this ethnic group (for additional information also see the data, publications, and related sites tabs).

Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project provides access to their site’s public opinion surveys on Latino views covering a wide range of social matters and public policy issues such as advertisement, health, immigration, citizenship, school enrollment, technology, and more.

Hispanic and Latino Health Data by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides access to their site’s health statistics and reports on many health issues and diseases affecting this group, as well as linking to other relevant government resources.

United States Department of Labor provides current data on employment and labor.

Plagiarism & Citation

In order to avoid plagiarism it is important to document the resources by incorporating citations in text and the reference page. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Chicano Studies field, you may be requested to use any of the following citation styles:

APA Citation Style

Publication of the American Psychological Association

Ref BF76.7. P83 2010; BF76.7. P83 2010; Williams/NCR 508/APA Manual

APA Tutorial

Purdue APA Formatting and Citing Style

MLA Citation Style

MLA handbook for writers of research papers

Ref LB2369. G53 2009

Purdue MLA Formatting and Citing Style

 Chicago Citation style

The Chicago manual of style

Ref Z253. U69 2010

Purdue Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.