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History 279: Mexican American History

Guide for finding resources to complete assignments for History 279

Picking a Topic

You can use "tertiary" reference sources (e.g., encyclopedias, biographies, almanacs, etc.) to learn about possible topics, and to gather helpful background information on these topics. These sources provide broad overviews, but also often contain bibliographies that point to more relevant sources. The following reference websites allow for keyword searching and subject browsing.

  • Credo Reference

    Links to various reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias from every major subject including art, science, history, music, foreign language, politics and literature.

  • Britannica Online

    Online version of a broad, general-knowledge encyclopedia.

Specialized reference sources particular to a discipline or area of study can be especially good starting points. The following are available online and are keyword searchable and browsable by topic.

Developing Your Question

Beginning September 20th, the Writer's Workshop and the Undergraduate Library will offer remote research and writing consultations.  Get help from experts focusing your research question(s) or developing your argument.

Finding Sources

  • Library Catalog
    • Best for finding books owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library and other I-Share Libraries
  • Easy Search
    • Best for finding "known-items" (i.e. author and title, along with other information is known); not good for browsing 
  • Journal & Article Locator
    • Best for finding journal articles when citation (e.g. journal name, article title, author, etc.) information is known
  • Library Guides (LibGuides)
    • Keyword searchable "How-To" guides created by University Library Staff
  • Digital Collections Library Guide
    • LibGuide of digital collections purchased by the library, many items of which may serve as primary sources; organized by geographic region, theme, or era
  • A-Z Databases
    • Keyword searchable primary and secondary source databases accessible to U of I users; limit by subject, database type (e.g. primary sources), and vendor
  • Oxford Bibliographies
    • Keyword searchable, also browsable by subject; see, for instance, Sociology > Latino/a Studies

Subject Specialists

  • Subject Specialists are experts in finding materials in their subject areas. Contact them for help finding specific materials for your research project.
Area Subject Librarian E-mail
Global Studies Steve Witt swwitt@illinois.edu
Government Information Sanga Sung ssung@illinois.edu
Labor & Employment Relations Nancy O'Brien npobrien@illinois.edu
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Antonio Sotomayor asotomay@illinois.edu
Maps & Cartography Jenny Johnson jmj@illinois.edu
Sociology/Geography & Geographic Information Science Jess Hagman jhagman@illinois.edu
(Urban) Planning Michael Dickinson mad4@illinois.edu