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Border & Latin American Information

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

Finding Books

Search the NMSU Library collections and databases via PRIMO

Learn more about searching PRIMO via this LibGuide:

Search LIBRARY CATALOGS  to find the locations for books and journals in library collections. Catalogs help you 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 NMSU catalog system. 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.

Subject headings (selected) for border studies: 

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.


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


NMSU Library Article Databases

Many different databases provide online indexes to articles published in journals, newspapers, magazines, conference proceedings, etc. A complete list of the databases to which the NMSU library subscribes can be found here. Journal articles not available via the Library's subscriptions can be obtained from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad.

The best databases for research on Comparative Politics, International Affairs and other politics and government topics are listed below. 

Using Google Scholar

Many researchers are finding it handy to use Google Scholar to find references to journal citations. The steps outlined below describe how researchers at NMSU can customize Google Scholar to facilitate exporting the citations to EndNoteWeb.

First, about Google Scholar:

  • Allows one to search the FULL TEXT of journal articles from thousands of publishers. (The list of publishers that have allowed Google to search behind their firewalls has not been revealed).
  • You can configure the settings to link to articles for which NMSU Library holds a subscription
  • Many of the records are just links to citations not to the actual article; you will not be able to download these citations
  • Read more about Google Scholar: Comparison of Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus  

Setting the preferences is necessary when using a computer with an off-campus IP address. This will let you use the New Mexico State University Library Full-Text @ NMSU links for citations as well as export the citations to EndNote Basic.

  • Go to Google Scholar:
  • Click on Settings:

  • For compatibility with EndNote Basic:
    • Under Bibliography Manager, select Show links to Import citations into EndNote.

  • In the Library Links, search for New Mexico State University. Then choose
    • ​​New Mexico State University-Full-Text@NMSU
    • Open WorldCat-Library Search



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)


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.