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Border & Latin American Information

Information sources for research on Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border region

Index & Abstract Sources

These databases provide citations and abstracts to thousands of articles. In some cases, there will be links to the full-text. Or, search the Library catalog or the Electronic Journals to determine if NMSU subscribes to the journal.

Finding Books

Search LIBRARY CATALOGS (example=NMSU Online catalog: http://libcat.nmsu.edu) to find the locations for books and journals in library collections.  Use the “combine keywords” search. Example: if you combine the keywords “mexico AND border AND culture” you get about 20 hits. If you use the more general terms “mexico AND border AND social” you will get a list of more than 100 items. The catalog is a good place to find books, retrospective research reports and other information as background for a current project or issue. Many US government documents, state of New Mexico documents, and Mexican government publications can be found in the catalog. Check the “full record” in your results to link to other relevant materials with the same subject headings. You can also search the catalog directly using subject headings, for example, the subject heading search  “mexican american border region” yields many relevant materials.

 

Another technique is to use the combine keyword search screen, but to search for certain keywords in the subject headings (SKEY), rather than general keywords. Here are some examples that produce good results:

 

 

econom? (truncation ?)     Search in SKEY

AND

border                          Search in SKEY

 

 

maquila?                               Search in GKEY

AND

mexico                              Search in SKEY

 

 

migration                               Search in SKEY

AND

border                                    Search in SKEY

 

migration OR immigration

AND

mexico                         Search in SKEY

Look at the search results and note some of the subject headings:

 

Mexican American Border Region

 

Mexican American Border Region—Social conditions

 

Mexican American Border Region—Economic conditions

 

Offshore assembly industry—Mexico

 

Mexico—Emigration and immigration

 

Water consumption—Mexico

 

Labor market—Mexico

 

 

 

Author, Title, Subject Search

 

Use this search if you know the exact author or title of the book/journal that you are looking for.

Examples:

 

Search for:                                                       Search by:

human organization                                           Journal Title

latin american perspectives

journal of borderlands studies

 

            vila, pablo                                                         Author

            martinez, oscar                                                

            urrea, luis

            bowden, charles

 

            fronteras no mas                                               Title

            down by the river

            border people

            opening mexico

 

Finding Articles

Use the ARTICLE DATABASES  http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.html section of the NMSU Library web to access many useful online databases for full-text articles and citations to many scholarly journals and news sources. Access to some of the databases listed below is restricted to students and faculty of New Mexico State University. When connecting to a subscription resource from off-campus, you will see a screen like the one below. When prompted, you will need to provide your social security number in order to gain access.

Selected Bibliography

Mexican News Sources

The websites listed here are a good place to start for links to many substantive information resources.

The University of Texas Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

Videos

The Library’s video collections are included in the catalog. Videos may be checked out from the Circulation Desk in Branson Library. Below is a list of some of the videos on U.S.-Mexico border topics.