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HIST 315: Modern Latin American History

Modern Latin American History

Finding Books

Search QCAT to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search

Subject Headings versus Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 
Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Think of the words that best describe your topic and then connect them with the boolean operators AND OR NOT. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
"cold war" and "latin america" and "united states" 
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings. Use them to provide more keyword ideas or as individual searches themselves.
"cold war" and ("latin america" or cuba or chile) and "united states"

Examples of subject headings:

Argentina History 1817-1860
Cuba History Revolution 1959
Cuba Social life and customs
Chile History Coup Detat 1973
El Salvador History 1979-1992
Latin America History 20th century
Latin America Civilization
Latin America History 20th Century
Latin America Intellectual life 20th century
Latin America Social conditions
Mexico Economic conditions 1918-
Peru Politics and government 1919-1968
Revolutions Central America History 20th Century

Women Latin America History

Latin America Readers

The Latin America Readers are an invaluable resource and provide an in-depth introduction to issues affecting these countries today and puts them in an historical and cultural perspective.

Each volume will focus on a single country and cover the main themes in its history and contemporary life, including migration and urbanization, racial and ethnic diversity, art and culture, war and political strife, women's rights, the environment, economic reform, and democracy. Accompanied by a variety of images, including photographs, drawing, and maps. Some titles featured are:

The Argentina reader: history, culture, and society

The Brazil Reader
F2521 .B768 1999

The Chile Reader

The Cuba Reader
F1776 .C85 2003 (on Reserve)

The Guatemala Reader


Summon, the library's discovery search tool, searches through collections of books and e-books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, and numerous academic databases.

It contains everything found in the traditional QCAT Library Catalogue, plus millions of full-text articles and other digital content available from the Library.

When searching Summon for books, use the facets located on the search results screen, to limit your search results to books/ebooks.


The Library subscribes to a number of e-book packages which can be accessed via Databases. Packages that are of interest to history students are:
Provides full-text access to major works in American, European and Middle Eastern history. Topics covered include many aspects of history plus archaeology, area studies, art, folklore, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and women's studies. Records for these books should be in QCAT.
Historical reference compendium allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Search or browse by topic. Relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.
Blackwell publishes a series of books of historiographic essays on many topics in history. They are available online through Blackwell Reference Online.
A collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Oxford Scholarship Online                        
offers full-text access to scholarly publishing in 20 subjects from around the world,
Provides access to about 600,000 electronic books (ebooks) Prom a wide variety of publishers.
UPSO includes titles from Oxford University Press and other partner presses.  QUL has access to selected titles, indicated by a green open lock icon on search results screens.