Online Research for Latin American/Latinx & Caribbean Studies: Home
This guide will assist students in doing research in Lat Am/Latinx & Caribbean Studies courses taught Prof Torres-Velez.
How Do I Distinguish Between Different Sources?
Chart of Different Types of Sources - Courtesy of Wayne State University Libraries, this chart is a breakdown of different types of academic sources. Please note that scholarly sources are another name for peer-reviewed sources.
Tips for Evaluating Sources!
1. Peer-reviewed sources are written by experts for other experts in professional fields. Authors use technical and academic language.
2. Magazine and newspaper articles are written by experts for the general public.
3. Select magazine, newspaper and encyclopedia articles to get a general overview of your subject before viewing peer-reviewed sources.
4. Encyclopedia articles are written by experts for the general public and students. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedia articles available via our library e-resources.
One Search- For broad searches that includes full-text books, peer-reviewed articles, newspapers and other sources.
Ethnic NewsWatch - Search for full-text peer-reviewed, magazine and newspaper articles in this database that specializes in ethnic studies. Topics such as the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean and Mexican migration are covered.
1. You will be required to use a password when using databases off-campus. The password is the whole barcode number on your student ID.
2. Use short keywords in search box, such as: Dominican migration or Caribbean history. Use different combination of keywords such as Honduras and immigration or add other words to your country of interest such as culture, sugar, music, politics, food, etc.
3. Narrow down results by using filters that appear on the left or right hand side of screen, such as peer-reviewed sources, newspapers, date or subjects.