History 164B

History 164B

The United States and Latin America since 1930

  Background Sources
Specialized handbooks, encyclopedias and dictionaries can provide quick assistance.  Look at items near these call numbers for other potential titles.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture  5 v.  Rivera Library Ref F1406 E53 1996
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures  3 v.  Rivera Library Ref F1406 E515  2000
Historical Dictionary of U.S. - Latin American Relations  Rivera Library Ref F1418 D456 2005
A Reference Guide to Latin American History  Rivera Library Ref F1410 R395 2000
Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics  Rivera Library Ref F1410 E56 2002


 Find Books
Use SCOTTY to find materials in the UCR Libraries, such as books and periodical titles, and to see if they are checked out.

For additional tips on using SCOTTY, click here.

Keyword: inter-american dialogue
Subject: dollar diplomacy (No hits? Try "Search as Words"), Nicaragua relations United States 
Title: Confronting the American dream : Nicaragua under U.S. imperial rule 
Limit/Sort: by year, material type, language, etc...

You can also look up materials "on Reserve" for your class by your instructor's name or the course number.  Click here for a link to your items on Reserve.  Remember, to access electronic reserves, you will need to set up your profile (and library PIN) as well as obtain the course password from your instructor.  Here's how to set up your profile.

The catalog for the entire UC system is called Melvyl. 


 Find Articles

At the UCR Libraries, newspapers will be found in paper (recent), microfilm, and electronic formats.  Most of the electronic newspaper indexes we carry will also offer electronic full-text of the newspaper articles.  Not all newspapers are available electronically, nor are all of them indexed.  To see what newspaper index databases UCR carries, go to the Libraries Home Page, click on "Databases by Subject", and select the category of "Newspapers".  Consider the following resources:

Access World News Collection:  over 600 US and over 700 international sources; date coverage varies.
Academic via Lexis Nexis:  This resource covers several types of material; use the "News" portion for newspaper articles.  Be sure to consult the "tips" section to help you search.
Proquest versions of the newspapers:
New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Historical Newspapers Online
: for your time period, useful for the Official Index to the Times, 1906-1980.

Ethnic Newswatchover 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press; from 1990-present, some earlier materials.  Searches can also be limited by ethnic group, e.g., "Hispanic".

Note that newspaper articles are considered primary sources, whereas magazine and journal articles (unless they represent interviews) and books (unless they are autobiographies or diaries, etc.) are considered secondary sources. 


As students of history, you might need to understand the difference in the sources you will be using.  What is a primary source  You might want to explore some of the primary source materials available in our Map Collection (ground level, Science Library) or Special Collections (4th floor, Rivera Library).  For Special Collections, look for "Major Archival Collections" and click on "Subject Groups".  From that page, locate "Latin American History and Culture".   You can also get assistance from helpful resource people in each department. 


  Journals and Magazines
Magazine and journal articles may be available in several formats: electronic, print, and (less common) microformat (e.g., microfilm or microfiche).  Once you have your citations, to find the print versions of your articles, see the "Location of Materials" section below.  Electronic versions of articles might be available via a link in SCOTTY, a direct link from the various article index databases, or through the UC e-Links button appearing next to the citation in an article index database.

If you know the name of a resource you wish to use, you can go to the "Databases A-Z" list from the Libraries' web site.  Or, you can go to "Databases By Subject" and select the categories listed there.  Examine the resources in the following categories: History, Political ScienceEthnic Studies, and General and Broad Subjects.  Also, depending on your topic, Business & EconomicsGovernment Information/Law... and Psychology & Sociology.  Consider the following resources:

America: History and Life: U.S. & Canadian history from pre-history to the present; scholarly.
Historical Abstracts: world history (excl. U.S. & Canada) from 1450-modern times; scholarly.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts: scholarly materials from political science and its complimentary fields, incl. international relations.
PAIS International - Public Affairs Information Service
international relations, political science, public policy; 1915- .
CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online: 1991- ; working papers, proceedings, policy briefs, and selective journal articles.

Handbook of Latin American Studies: index to works on Latin America; 1935- .
HAPI - Hispanic American Periodical Index: Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the U.S.-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the U.S.; 1970- .

Economist Intelligence Unit: 1996- ; country reports and profiles; analysis and forecasts of political, economic, social, and business environments.

Academic Search Complete: general interest database of popular & scholarly articles; many full-text.


 Search Strategy

    • Define your problem
    • Identify synonyms and keywords that describe your topic
    • Construct using 'boolean' operators







1. _________




2. _________




3. _________











  • OR broadens search results. Use it for synonyms representing a single aspect in the strategy above.
  • AND narrows search results. Use it to connect the different aspects in the strategy above.
  • * usually truncates the root word


     Remote Access
    Scotty and Melvyl are freely accessible from home. 
    To utilize the Library's subscription databases, see
    Connect from Home.


     Location of Materials
    Arrangement of items in the library are usually: alphabetical, numeric, or by call number. 

    For most of the books, the Libraries uses the Library of Congress call number and classification system, sometimes referred to as "LC".  The call number is an address that tells you where the book is located.  (For practice with call numbers, go to the following links, basic and advanced.  Click here for an explanation of how to read a call number.)

    Periodicals (aka magazines and journals) are arranged in two major ways:  recent issues are in alphabetical order in the Current Periodicals Room (in Rivera, that's on the 1st Floor); older issues are in call numer order interfiled with the books in the regular collection ("stacks").  Look for periodical titles at UCR in the SCOTTY catalog.

    Use a floor map to identify the location codes and call numbers within the libraries (available at public service desks), or click here to see the maps available on our web site (Rivera and Science).

    Remember: your UCR ID card is your library card. 

    Interlibrary Loans is another service you can use for items UCR does not own.  For information about this service, click here. 

     Document Your Sources
    A word about plagiarism. 
    Citing your work.  

     Get Help
    For information on what's available to you, click here. 


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Last modified: 1/4/2013 11:38 AM by A. Frenkel

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