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Chican@/Latino Studies

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The Stanford University Libraries contain many titles on the historical and contemporary experience of the Chican@ and Latino, making it an excellent place for students conducting research in this area. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Chican@ and Latino Studies, relevant titles are often dispersed throughout the general collection depending upon subject matter. Use Socrates, Stanford's online catalog, to locate books, films and other materials. Use the library's print or electronic indexes to locate journal articles and published papers.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, etc. can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of recommended reading on a topic (Most of these materials are works of reference and therefore do not circulate but can be used in the library).

Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide (Green Library Information Center & Stacks PS153 .M4 C46 1985) offers a comprehensive guide to Chicano writers, periods, and genres. The scope of this book spans from 1521 through 1985. It contains biographical essays of Mexican-American writers (including selected bibliographies), as well as essays on subjects such as "Hispanic-Mexican Literature in the Southwest, 1521-1848," "Chicano Poetry," "Chican@ Theatre," and "Chican@ Children's Literature."

Contemporary Chicana & Chicano Art (Green Lib. HASRC (Lane Room), N6538 .M4 C664 2002 vols.1-3) Includes entries on artists, works, culture, and education..

Dictionary of Chicano Folklore (Green Lib. HASRC (Lane Room), GR111 .M49 C37 2000) Mexican-American social life and customs, bridging Chican@ culture & language, includes literature, history, music, art, pop culture, border studies & other terminology.

Dictionary of Mexican American History, 1981 (Green Library Information Center & HASRC, Stacks E184 .M5 M453) is an excellent introduction to the major figures, events, laws and organizations pertinent to Mexican American History. Includes a chronology, glossary, and the complete text of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Protocol of Queretaro.

Encyclopedia Latina: history, culture, and society in the United States (HASRC-Lane Room: E184 .S75 E587 2005, vols 1-4).

Encyclopedia of Latin America and Caribbean Art (Green Lib. HASRC-Lane Room: N6502 E53 2000).

Encyclopedia of Latino Pupular Culture (Green Library HASRC, E184 .S75 E59 2004, vols 1-2) is an A-Z reference source which provides historical context and sociocultural background to illuminate the resurgent popularity of Latin@ popular culture worldwide.

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (Green Library Information Center E184 .M5 M458 2000; also available electronically to Stanford-affiliated users at ebrary: --download reader before using it).

Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics (Green Library Information Center E184 .A1 E574 2000; also available electronically to Stanford-affiliated users at ebrary: --download reader before using it for the first time) "entries cover people, events, court cases, movements, and organizations that have shaped the political struggles of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans."

Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Anthropology (Green Library Information Center E184 .S75 H365 1993 v. 4) Compares the culture of Hispanic groups in the United States--Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and others from Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Topics examined include: ethnicity, intergroup relations, language and culture, technology and material culture, family, marriage and kinship, religion and ritual, patterns of health and disease, schooling processes, and political activity and organization.

Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: History ( Green Library Information Center E184 .S75 H365 1993 v. 2) Examines the historical background of Hispanic cultures in the United States, placing considerable attention on Spanish Culture, both in its European origins and its development in the New World.

Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Literature and Art (Green Library Information Center E184 .S75 H365 1993) Contains 15 essays on topics such as the "Historical Overview of Puerto Rican Literature in the United States, " Cuban Literature in the United States," "Aesthetic Concepts of Hispanics in the United States," "Hispanic Oral Tradition," "Hispanic and "Afro-Hispanic Music," "Latino Cinema," "Hispanic Exile," and the "Spanish-Language Press."

Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Sociology (Green Library Information Center: E184 .S75 H3657 1994) Contains 15 essays on topics ranging from the development of the Hispanic community from 1776-1992, to the Latino immigration experience, Latinos in American politics, family life, religious life, the experience of Chicana and Latina women, ethnic identity, and mass communications and Hispanics (including information on employment and portrayals).

The Hispanic-American Almanac : a Reference Work on Hispanics in the United States (Green Library Information Center: E184 .S75 H557 1994) contains a chronology, biographies, and essays on topics ranging from music, religion, business, theater and family.

Hispanic Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors (Green Library Information Center PQ 7081.3 H58 1991) Contains biographical and bibliographical information on more that 400 authors who are part of 20th century Hispanic literature and culture in the Americas.

Hispanics in Hollywood: an Encyclopedia on Film and Television (HASRC-Lane Room: PN1995.9 .H47 R49 2000 ) Contains synopses of films and television shows, as well as brief biographies of Hispanic actors and filmmakers.

The Latino Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center: E 184 .S75 L357 1996, vols 1-6). This six volume set contains entries on people, organizations, geographic locations, history, entertainment, military activity, religion, family life, court cases, cultural movements, and other facets of life that have unique expression among Latinos.

Masterpieces on Latino Literature (Green Library Information Center PQ7081. A1 M29 1994) Contains plot summaries and brief critical analysis of fiction, non-fiction as well as poetry, plays, short stories and essays of notable Latino writers and thinkers, including Laura Esquivel, Sandra Cisneros, Luis Miguel Valdez, Oscar Hijuelos, and Raymond Barrio.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States - (HASRC-Lane Room: E184 .S75 O97 2005, vols 1-4). This four volume set contains entries on culture, language, media, politics, race, customs, arts, health, sports and more. This encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latin@s from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It's now also available online at above link.


Bibliographies can help you identify books and articles on a subject. They may include short descriptions called annotations. There are many that deal with African Americans. In Socrates look for Topics with the subheading --Bibliography, or use the Bibliographic Index (Green Library Information Center Z1002.B594) or browse near the ones listed below.

Annotated Bibliography of Sources on Mexican Immigration (HASRC-Lane Room: F870. M5 V339 1987) Lists the resources used to write the Rand report on Mexican immigration to California. Coverage includes the history of Mexican immigration, effects of immigrants on the public sector, and the social and economic integration of Mexican immigrants and their U.S. born offspring.

Bibliografia Chicana: A Guide to Information Sources (Green Library Information Center Z1361 .M4 T73) gives annotated citations from 1848-1974.

A Bibliography of Criticism of Contemporary Chicano Literature (Green Library Information Center Z1229 .M48 E36) cites criticism of Chicano literature from 1960 to mid-1979 organized by genre, author, and topic.

Bibliography of Mexican American History (Green Library Information Center Z1361 .M4 M414 1984) is intended as a comprehensive research bibliography of primary and secondary sources pertaining to Mexican American history.

A Comprehensive Bibliography for the Study of American Minorities, 1976 (Green Information Center and Education Library: Z1361 .E4 M529, 2 vols.) Vol. 2 contains bibliographical essays and listings for Puerto Rican Americans, Cuban Americans, and Mexican Americans.

Chicano Anthology Index: A Comprehensive Author, Title, and Subject Index to Chicano Anthologies, 1965-1987 (Web and Green Library Information Center Z1361 .M4 G37 1990) The resource identifies 280 anthologies, indexing approximately 5,000 essays and other creative works published about the Chican@s since 1965.Web resource incorporates the print resource

Cubans in the United States: A Bibliography for Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1960-1983 (Green Library HASRC-Lane Room: Z1361 .C85 M32 1984) focuses on the growing literature about Cuban Americans.

A Guide to the History of California (Green Library Information Center & HASRC -Lane Room: Z1261 .G85 1989) includes relevant chapters on "Hispanic California" and "California Chicanos."

Hispanic Image on the Silver Screen, 1898-1935 ; (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9 .L37 R55 1992); Censorship and Hollywood's Hispanic Image, 1936-1955 (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9 .L37 R53 1993); and Contemporary Hollywood's Negative Hispanic Image: 1956-1993 (Green Library Information Center PN1995.9 L37 R54 1994) This three volume set looks at over 7,000 films (including television), almost all of the entries contain a brief scenario which details the film's Hispanic connection. Included are a stereotype, a historical interpretation, specific nation, associated behavior or attitudes, and a list of the Hispanic actors and actresses.

Immigration and Ethnicity: A Guide to Information Sources (Green Library Information Center Z7165 .U5 B83) cites titles pertaining to Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican and other Spanish-speaking immigration to the US.

Latinas of the Americas: A Sourcebook (Green Library Information Center Z7964 .L3 S76 1989) has recent scholarship on Hispanic American women, as well as women in Latin America.

Latinos in the United States: A Historical Bibliography (Green Library Information Center Z1361 .S7 L37 1986) contains 1382 citations drawn from America: History and Life (see below) between 1973-1985.

Periodical Indexes and Databases

Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) or Databases can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Many are restricted to the Stanford community only. For other indexes see the Databases and Green Library CD-ROMs lists.

Chicano Database - (1967+ including citations from earlier years): A comprehensive bibliographic information resource about the Mexican American experience identifying the Chicano body of literature, including the broad Latino experience of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American immigrants.

HAPI - (1970+) (Hispanic American Periodicals Index): Indexes worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States.

Latin American Studies, Handbook - (1935+ )HLAS Online: A selective annotated guide to recent publications in art, music, the humanities, and social sciences. It contains scholarly evaluations of books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published worldwide in the field of Latin American studies.

The Chicana Studies Index: Twenty Years of Gender Research, 1971-1991 (Green Library Information Center Z1361 .M4 C457 1992): Subject, author and title index to approximately 1150 journal and book articles, books, dissertations, and reports on all aspects of the Chicana experience.

Relevant articles may also be found in the following indexes depending upon subject matter:

Academic OneFile general index to over 13,000 journals and magazines with links to fulltext if available.

Alternative Press Index - (1991+ available on the Web ; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5): Indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including a few Gay and Lesbian periodicals.

Alt-PressWatch: Provides fulltext of a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press.

America: History and Life - (1964+ ): Includes abstracts of articles on US. and Canadian history.

ERIC: Contains various ways to search for works in education and related fields.

Essay and General Literature Index - (1985+ available on the Web; 1900+ shelved at Green Library Information Center AI3.E752): An author/subject index to essays published in collections, with particular emphasis on materials in the humanities and social sciences.

Ethnic Newswatch - (1960+): Full-text database of newspapers, magazines and journals (English & Spanish) from ethnic and minority presses.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A vast source of information with searchable access to several encyclopedias and handbooks. It covers several areas such as the arts, business, education, the environment, general reference, history, Iinformation & publishing, Law, Literature, Multicultural Studies, Religion, Natural and Social Sciences.

Hispanic American Newspapers - (1808-1980): Full-text and headlines from hundreds of newspapers published in the USA.

Humanities Abstracts - (1984+; abstracts beginning in 1994) (1974+ Green Library Information Center AI3.H8): Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as area studies, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion & theology.

Latin American Women Writers: Extensive searchable collection of prose, poetry, and drama composed by women from Mexico, Central and South America. Also included are essays by Latin American feminists and revolutionaries addressing universal concerns of women in every age and the distinctive issues of their struggles. The contents give users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of extraordinary writings. The database currently features over 52,000 pages of prose and several plays.

Latino Literature: Contains more than 100,000 pages of poetry, fiction, and drama written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels, and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected poems and plays. It currently contains over 106,000 pages of poetry.

MLA Bibliography - (1963+): literature, languages, and folklore. Also in paper volumes, for 1921-1963 go to shelves near the Green Library Information Center: Z7006.M64).

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries & Oral Histories: is composed of letters, diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives, the series provides a rich source for scholars on what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950.

PAIS International: (1972+ ; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center: Z7163.P9) Indexes, selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.

PsycArticles Fulltext Search: Full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association.

PsycInfo - (1887+): This resource offers indexes and abstracts for books, periodicals and other literature in psychology.

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center: AI3S62): Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts - (1963+) (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center: HM1.S67): Indexes articles related to a wide spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education.

Women Studies Abstracts - (1972+ shelved at Green Library Information Center: Z7962/W65; 1984+): Indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals.

Women's Studies Index - (CD ROM, 1989+ shelved and available at the Green Library Information Center: Z9962.W674).

Biographical Sources

Artists from Latin American Cultures - A Biographical Dictionary (Green Library HASRC-Lane Room; N6502.5 C657 2002).

Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Literature in the United States: The Literature of the Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Other Hispanic Writers (Green Library Information Center PQ 7420.2. K3 1989) provides biographical information about many Hispanic writers in the US., with the exception of Chicano authors.

Biography Resource Center: click Proceed and pick from list to use many of the Gale biographical products, plus The Complete Marquis Who's Who

Biography Index (1949+ shelved in Green Library Iinformation Center Z5301 .B5 ) Indexes periodicals, current books of individual and collective biography, book reviews, obituaries, diaries and memoirs.

Contemporary Hispanic Biography: Profiles from the International Hispanic Community (Green Library HASRC-Lane Room; F1407 .C66 2002, vols. 1-4).

Dictionary of Literary Biography (Green Library Iinformation Center PS129 .D52) vols. 82 "Chicano Writers, First Series,"volume 122 "Chicano Writers, Second Series" and volume 209, "Chicano writers, Third series" includes biographical/critical essays on Chicano novelists, poets, short-story writers, and dramatists.

Mexican American Biographies: A Historical Dictionary, 1836-1987 (Green Library Iinformation Center E184 .M5 M454 1988) contains 270 biographies of prominent individuals representing many fields of endeavor.

Notable Hispanic American Women (Green Library Iinformation Center E184 .S75 N68 1993; available online as part of Biography Resource Center) Nearly 300 entries feature historical and contemporary women from a broad range of professions.

St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists (Green Library HASRC-Lane Room; N6538 .H58 S7 2002) is a resource that provides biographical and career information as well as brief critical essays on 375 prominent Latin@ artist of the past century.

Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans, 1991-92 (Green Library Iinformation Center & Stacks E184 .S75 W36) contains entries on notable contemporary Hispanic Americans from a broad range of professions and occupations.

Statistical Information

Hispanic Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook (Green Library Iinformation Center Stats Shelf E184 .S75 H57; earlier in Stacks) Contains extensive tables on a wide variety of topics, including demographics, social characteristics, household and family characteristics, education, government and elections, labor force, and crime and corrections.

Hispanic Almanac (Green Library Iinformation Center E184 .S75 H55 1990) a comprehensive collection of current objective data about Hispanics in the United States. Profiles Hispanics as a whole in the United States, as well as five bi-national markets as 27 U.S. Hispanic markets.

Hispanic Data from the Current Population Survey from U.S. Department of the Census (updated annually) These detailed tables show selected social and economic characteristics of the Hispanic population. The social and economic characteristics presented in the tables include age, sex, marital status, educational attainment, occupation, employment status, family and household composition, income, and poverty status. Data on earnings, income and poverty refer to the calendar year prior to the survey. Also has a link to the 1996 National Content Survey: Findings on Questions on Race and Hispanic Origin

Statistical Handbook on U.S. Hispanics (Green Library Iinformation Center Stats Shelf E184 .S75 S27 1991) provides statistical information on a wide range of topics, from demographics to education, health, and economic conditions.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (Green Library Information Center Statistics Shelf HA202 .A483, also in SSRC at C 3.134/7) provides a wealth of statistical information from a variety of government and non-governmental sources.

We the People: An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity (Green Library Information Center E184 .A1 A479 1988 f) surveys people from Africa as well as the Caribbean. Excellent demographic maps.

Other Libraries

In addition to the resources mentioned above, researchers may want to consult other libraries on campus, including the Special Collections & University Archives (Green Library Bing Wing, second floor) which has the papers of Ernesto Galarza, Luis Leal, Cherrie Moraga, Cecile Pineda, and others, as well as the papers of several Chicano labor organizations such as the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and the Centro de Accion Social Autonomo (CASA).

Stanford University Library Web Sites:

Other Internet Resources

Content credits for this guide: Rose Adams, Kathy Kerns, Ever Rodriguez.
For updates to this page please email: ever.rodriguez(at)

Last modified: August 28, 2009

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