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HIST 3340: Mexican Americans Since 1848

Get started researching topics in Mexican American history since 1848.

This guide provides a starting point for finding books, articles, and primary sources on topics related to Mexican American history since 1848 and is not comprehensive.


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Researching the Collection, Articles, & Statistics/Reports

Browse for books in relevant call number ranges to find additional resources.

E184 .M5 - United States, Elements in the population, Mexicans

KF4757.5 .M4 - U.S., Constitutional law, Individual & state, Civil & political rights & liberties,...,Mexican Americans

PE3102 .M4 - English philology & language, Linguistic geography dialects etc.,...,Mexican Americans

BR563 .M49 - Christianity, History,...,U.S., Mexican Americans

Consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information.

Video Tutorials for Searching Databases

In the context of searching American library catalogs, "foreign names" would generally include any non-Anglo names, which are often subjected to (and sometimes distorted by) the Anglo-American cataloging rules. A few examples of this are names of Hispanic origin or Chinese origin.

How to Setup Your JSTOR Search

  • Use Advanced Search.
  • Check the box for "Articles" (unless you are specifically searching for book reviews or 17th-19th century British pamphlets).
  • If you want results from a particular time period (such as the 1940s), use the Date Range boxes to enter a start and end year.
  • Select "English" as the language (unless you do fluently read another of the languages listed).
  • Check the boxes for approximately 1 to 4 subject areas from the list provided. This really does help cut down on irrelevant results.
    • History is a given, and may be the only one you need.
    • Other relevant subjects will depend on what you are researching.
  • Start with a specific, focused search and work out towards a more general search when necessary. Often you will drown in results if you try to start with a general search.
  • Put phrases in quotation marks e.g. "Civil War".
  • Use the language of the time period of the documents that you hope to find. An article written in 1902 may use very different language than an article written in 2002, and you may not find both of those documents with the same search terms. Give some thought to what you hope to find, and try to structure your search (or a series of multiple searches) accordingly.

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