Chicana / Chicano Studies
Welcome to the Chicana / Chicano Studies Research Guide
In this guide you will find:
- Databases for background information people, movements, and events.
- The best databases to find scholarly sources (see Find Articles)
- How to format your papers and cite sources (see Citations and Plagiarism)
- How to find newspaper articles (see Find Newspapers)
- Useful organizations and internet research tools (see Free Research Sources)
A Note on Language
You will encounter the terms "Chicano(s)" or "Chicana(s)", "Latino(s)" or "Latina(s)", "Hispanic(s)" or "Hispanic American(s)" and "Mexican American(s)" in different websites, online catalogs and databases.
Regardless of which terms you prefer, it may be necessary for you to try all of them to find the resources you need. A keyword search can help to determine which terms have been used in the database you are trying to use.
In those databases with a controlled list of vocabulary, "Chicano" or "Chicana" will rarely be the term selected. Instead "Mexican American" or even "Hispanic American" will probably be the preferred term, but sometimes Latino and Latina is used.
U.S. government websites have traditionally used the term "Hispanic American" in their reporting, but recently, the Census Bureau allowed people to self select the terms used to identity their ethnicity in the 2000 Census. Most government agencies have begun to use some of these other terms.
Created in 2016 by Lindsey Shively, last updated 8/5/2016
- Last Updated: Jan 18, 2018 11:57 AM
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