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Mexican American Studies: Getting Started

This guide offers reliable and trustworthy information for the study of Mexican Americans.

Online Collections and Exhibits


Sample from the collection

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History maintains an online collection of artifacts. A visit to the Mexican America collection can help in understanding the interweaving history and culture of Mexico and the United States. Please click here to start your online visit to the collections.


News from BBC: Latin America

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Some Definitions


This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research on Mexican American.

Want to know where to start you research?  Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles, and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended authoritative websites.

Have questions?  Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link.  Feel free to contact a librarian any time you need assistance. 

Good luck in your research.


VIDEOS: Ruben Salazar's Legacy Lives On

Ruben Salazar Stamp2 
A good role model for Mexican Americans is Ruben Salazar. On April 22, 2008, 
 the  United States Postal Service honored Salazar by issuing a first-class Salazar
 postage stamp. Learn more about him through this video. Click here to start the

Research Reminders

  • Try the Writing Tips for Research Papers from the the Library Homepage; click here to see.
  • If you are unable to proceed through your research, try the LBCC Library Ask a Librarian Service, or contact a Librarian via email, phone or by visiting the library's Reference Desk.
  • Do not forget to click the OFF-CAMPUS Access when you are working from home.
  • Tips: Subject searches using the Library of Congress subject headings are as follows:

    Mexican Americans

    Cuban Americans

    Hispanic Americans – Ethnic Identity

    Puerto Ricans- U.S.

    United States - Emigration and immigration

    Alien Labor, Mexican

    Migrant Agricultural Laborers


    Ethnicity United States

    United States - Emigration and immigration

    ** Notice that terms like Chicanos, and Latinos do not belong to the subject heading list. Please refrain from using these two terms when using the Library Catalog for subject searches. They may be used for keyword searches however.

Subject Guide

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