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Hispanic American, Latino/a Studies: Books & more

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Finding Books

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the "More Search Options" from CityCat available from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc. Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject. Examples of Library of Congress call numbers are appended to the reference books in the Using Reference Sources section below.


Please note that the Library of Congress uses “Mexican Americans” and "Mexican American Women" as the authorized subject headings and NOT “Chicanos” and "Chicanas" and, likewise, “Hispanic Americans” and "Hispanic American Women" NOT “Latinos” and "Latinas".

To begin research in this area, do a subject search on “Mexican Americans” or “Hispanic Americans” and browse through its various subdivisions such as:

Mexican Americans - Civil rights
Mexican Americans - Ethnic identity
Hispanic Americans - Economic conditions
Hispanic Americans - History

 You may also use related subject heading beginning with the adjectives “Mexican American” or “Hispanic American” such as:

Mexican American art
Mexican American women
Hispanic American musicians

If you have a particular Hispanic American ethnic group that you're trying to research, you may start by doing a subject search on that particular group. Examples are:

Cuban Americans
Cuban American women
Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rican families

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Finding DVDs, CDs, videos and other audiovisual materials

Use CityCat's Advanced Search and limit your search by Material Type.


The library provides access to over 130,000+ EBooks.  Click on the Ebooks tab above for more information.

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