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Latino/a and Latin American Studies

Oxy OneSearch

Oxy's library catalog is called OneSearch. OneSearch searches not only the books that we have in the library, but also searches more generally. Depending on the filters you use, OneSearch will also show you articles from databases that Oxy subscribes to and to books that we don't own. Make sure you are logged into your library account to get the most out of OneSearch.  If you need more help with OneSearch, then take a look at the OneSearch Guide or ask a librarian! 

Search with Subject Headings

Keyword searches often retrieve too many results, including materials that are irrelevant to your topic. Meanwhile, Title searches can be too narrow and leave you with no results. The answer is an approach that figures somewhere in the middle: Subject Headings. Subject headings are terms (topics, proper names, geographic regions, etc.) that indicate the scope of a book or other resource. 

Try it yourself: you can copy and paste these example headings right into a catalog search for Subjects.

Architecture Mexico History
Mexico Politics and government
Latin American literature 20th century History and Criticism
Hispanic Americans Education (Higher)
United States Emigration and immigration Government policy
Cuban Americans Florida Miami Music

Wander the Bookshelves

The Occidental College Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize physical books by call numbers in the library book tiers.  The tiers are found by turning left when you enter the main floor of the library or asking the information desk for help!

Call numbers that include materials relevant to Latine and Latin American Studies include the following:

F1201 - F3799

  History of the Americas. Latin America     1st floor, Old wing
HC94 - HC1085  Economic History and conditions. By region or country  Tier 1
JL1400 - JL1679 ​ Political institutions and public administration. Central America    Tier 2
PQ7081 - PQ8560  ​ Spanish Literature. Spanish America  Tier 4