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HIST 276: Race, Sex, and Cold War in Latin America

Prof. Elena McGrath, Fall 2018

Multiple Paths into the Scholarship

There are multiple avenues into the historical scholarship of a topic, subfield, or area.  Some of these paths are represented by a specific tool while others are a strategy or approach.

  • Known secondary literature
  • Reference works
  • Finding articles (look in: Indexes and databases)
  • Finding books (look in: Catalogs like Catalyst)
  • Book reviews

Reference works

Searching Catalyst

info_outline Search Catalyst for CDs, DVDs, LPs, and streaming audio and video held by St. Olaf and Carleton.
info_outline Search or browse research and how-to guides curated by your librarians.

Common sub-headings to tack onto countries and other things...

  • Politics and government
  • Social conditions
  • Foreign relations
  • History -- 20th century
  • Latin America

In practice, it looks like this:

Subjects about the Cold War...

  • Cold War -- Social aspects -- Latin America
  • Cold War -- Political aspects -- Latin America


Subjects about Latin America...

  • Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1948-1980
  • Latin America -- Social conditions -- 20th century
  • Latin America – Foreign relations – United States 


Subjects about other geographic regions...

  • United States – Foreign relations – Latin America 
  • Afro-Latin America
  • Cuba -- History -- Revolution, 1959
  • Chile -- History -- 20th century


Subjects about people or groups of people...

  • Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016
  • Revolutionaries -- Latin America


Subjects about women and gender...

  • Women -- Political activity -- Cuba -- History -- 20th century
  • Feminism -- Latin America
  • Gay rights -- Latin America


Other specific topics...

  • Political violence -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century
  • Liberation theology -- History
  • Human rights -- Latin America

Indexes and Databases

HINT: You'll find more articles in Historical Abstracts, but America: History and Life will also have good scholarship about the history of Latin America from the US point of view.


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