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Library databases are collections of sources that you can search to find scholarly articles and other types of sources. Some databases focus on specific disciplines, while others are more general or multidisciplinary.
Because Latin American and Latino Studies is a multidisciplinary area, where you search will depend on the focus of your research. Below are some suggestions of databases where you can find information on topics related to Latin American and Latino Studies.
While not focused on Latin America, you can find information relevant to Latin American and Latino Studies in these databases.
Which database you use will depend on your topic and the type of source you need. In addition to using the recommended databases above, you can also browse the library's list of databases by subject or discipline as shown in the screenshot below:
Before you start searching in a database you need to have somewhat narrowed down your topic. Watch the video below by our colleagues at Hostos Community College Library to get a sense of how to go from a broad to a narrow topic.
Unlike Google, the databases search function does not understand complete questions. For this reason, once you have a topic, research question or thesis statement, you need to translate it into keywords the database search system can understand. Watch the video below for some help on how to come up with keywords.