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Spanish Courses & Research: SP 315

Hispanic Americans vs Latino/a

You will see "Hispanic" a lot instead of Latino/a. This is because the Library of Congress cataloging subject term is officially "Hispanic Americans" even though the more useful term used now is Latino/a or a specific country (although I have noticed "Hispanic" coming into more usage lately, strangely).

For some of you, clicking on the subject term hyperlinked in the OneSearch will be a good way to bring up more sources:

Getting Good Overview/Broad Details from Reference Books

Browse through some reference books to get ideas of the many aspects of Latino culture in the US (I know you already use the web for ideas).

I'm pointing out print books because these happen to be very good.

Some are on the 1st floor and some are in Reference (these call #s are most common: 973.0468 and 305.8).


Your research may lead you to need statistics on this topic. The most up-to-date numbers are usually found on the web, but we also have a few books if you prefer searching that way.

In addition, business databases will often have articles where statitistics are quoted and are easier to find because the article itself will be about your topic (as opposed to scrolling through a lot of stats to find what you need).

Websites in Spanish

You can search for Spanish sites on Google. There are a few different ways:

1. Use country-specific Google sites (which are all basically the same):

2. Go into the Advanced Search screen and save preferences for results in Spanish.

A Few Spanish Language Media sources

Be Creative

You already know you should be evaluating the credibility of any source you use. For a reminder of how web sources are different, click here. For a reminder of how to evaluate sources, click here.

Once you get in the habit of checking credibility, then start being creative about searching for web sources.

Don't settle for just googling your keywords. Try these ideas:

  1. Look at some common authors for Latino/as in the US sources. For example, a quick glance through several sources we own shows that Rogelio Saenz is a major voice in this field. Google his name and find several more interesting things by him, including his analysis of the rise of Latino/as at Texas A&M (which you could use as a model for using statistics in your own project).
  2. Look at the statistics box(to the left) for ideas about finding statistics online.
  3. Look on the "Current Events" boxfor how to search for Spanish-language websites.
  4. Think of types of websites that will give you Latino/as in the US information. For example, museums and community centers focusing on Latino/a issues are great sources of information and often have links to other sites, plus neat ideas and images, etc. Here are just a few ideas:
    1. You can search for specific kinds of websites by adding inurl: to your searches. For example:
      1. Search for Latinos on educational insitution sites: Latianos and site:edu
      2. Search for Latino organization sites: Latinos and Waterloo and site:org
  5. Think creatively--think about this area of the country (a Latino business support network in Waterloo) or about groups that could form--the video I have linked on the Welcome page is for Contra-Tiempo, a dance group that celebrates Latino dance but also criticizes the devaluation of that culture.

Box for found websites