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LTAM 300: Issues in Latin American Studies

Professor Silvia Lopez

Strategies to help you find books and ebooks

There are many ways to locate books that are relevant to your research topic.

  • Search for books by doing a simple keyword search in Catalyst and browse your results to find a few books that look relevant. Open up the record for one or more of these books and scroll down the page to look at the "Subjects." You can click on the subjects in blue to view additional related material.
  • Another way to find relevant books is to do a virtual browse at the very bottom of a book record in Catalyst.
  • A fourth strategy is to look at the bibliography of books you have already identified as useful. Authors may cite other useful books on similar topics to yours.

Subject Headings

It's often helpful to start a catalog search broadly using keywords.  Then narrow your search by clicking on the hyperlinked subject headings that show up in records for relevant books.   Why?  The library organizes all its books with these Library of Congress (LC) subject headings. 

Examples of LC subject headings to search, from broad to narrower:

  • Latin America
  • Latin American literature
  • Latin America -- Politics and government
  • Latin America -- Foreign relations
  • Latin America -- Economic policy
  • Brazil [country] -- Social conditions
  • Women -- Argentina


Finding books beyond Carleton