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Mexican, South and Central American, and Caribbean History: Books and E-books

Guide to resources and research help in the field of Mexican, South and Central American, and Caribbean History.

Books and E-books

Search by Keyword

The library catalog's default search setting is set to keyword.

Begin by identifying the key words in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:

Research question:

I am looking for books relating to social justice movements in Latin America.

Begin by identifying important words in the question.

social justice AND Latin America

Go to the library catalog to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms) which may prove to be more effective during the search process. Social justice, for instance may be changed to, or searched in conjunction with related keywords such as social movements.

Narrow the number of results retrieved by adding a name of a country or region into the mix, particularly if your research is focused on a specific geographical region.

For example: Guatemala

Search by Call Number

If you know the call number of the book you are looking for, you can use it to find similar materials. Searching this way allows you to go directly to a book's bibliographic record, while gaining the ability to search the shelves virtually from the comfort of your own desk or home.

Every item in the library has been assigned a call number. These numbers tell us the subject area of the material, the location of the item in the library, and the physical order of the books on the shelf. It is these numbers that allow you to see all of the titles of the books located next to the searched item on the shelf.

Give it a try!

Go to the library catalogue and search by the call number HQ1507 .E875 2012

As you can see, this call number is associated with the text Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution within the Revolution.

Browse by Call Number

To find books and other materials about general Mexican, South and Central American, and Caribbean History, you may want to browse these subject areas in the Library stacks:

  • F1201-3799                Latin America.  Spanish America
  • F1201-1392                     Mexico
  • F1218.5-1221                        Antiquities.  Indians
  • F1401-1419                     Latin America (General)
  • F1421-1440                     Central America
  • F1435-1435.3                         Mayas
  • F1441-1457                            Belize
  • F1461-1477                            Guatemala
  • F1481-1497                            Salvador (El Salvador)
  • F1501-1517                            Honduras
  • F1521-1537                            Nicaragua
  • F1541-1557                            Costa Rica
  • F1561-1577                            Panama
  • F1569.C2                                      Canal Zone.  Panama Canal
  • F1601-1629                     West Indies
  • F1630-1640                            Bermudas
  • F1650-1660                            Bahamas
  • F1741-1991                            Greater Antilles
  • F1751-1854.9                                Cuba
  • F1788-1788.22                                    Communist regime
  • F1861-1896                                    Jamaica
  • F1900-1941                                    Haiti (Island).  Hispaniola
  • F1912-1930                                           Haiti (Republic)
  • F1931-1941                                           Dominican Republic
  • F1951-1983                                    Puerto Rico
  • F1991                                             Navassa
  • F2001-2151                             Lesser Antilles

Groups of islands, by geographical distribution

  • F2006                         Leeward islands
  • F2011                         Windward Islands
  • F2016                         Islands along Venezuela coast
  • F2033-2129                Individual islands

Groups of islands, by political allegiance

  • F2131-2133                           British West Indies
  • F2136                                    Virgin Islands of the United States
  • F2141                                    Netherlands West Indies.  Dutch West Indies
  • F2151                                    French West Indies
  • F2155-2191                    Caribbean area.  Caribbean Sea
  • F2201-3799                    South America
  • F2201-2239                           General
  • F2251-2299                           Colombia
  • F2301-2349                           Venezuela
  • F2351                                    Guiana
  • F2361-2391                                 Guyana.  British Guiana
  • F2401-2431                                 Surinam
  • F2441-2471                                 French Guiana
  • F2501-2659                           Brazil
  • F2661-2699                           Paraguay
  • F2701-2799                           Uruguay
  • F2801-3021                           Argentina
  • F3031-3031.5                        Falkland Islands
  • F3051-3285                           Chile
  • F3301-3359                           Bolivia
  • F3401-3619                           Peru
  • F3701-3799                           Ecuador

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