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GLO 2009-10: Year of Mexico

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Gustavus Global Insight
The library is pleased to provide this resource guide in support of the Gustavus Global Insight program. This guide is a starting place, don't hesitate to contact a librarian if you need further assistance.

Reference Works
  • Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide
    Westport, CT: Greenwood 1985
    Covers biographical and critical information for Mexican-American writers. Includes extensive bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref PS 153 .M4 C46 1984
  • Dictionary of Mexican Literature
    Westport, CT: Greenwood Press 1992
    Approximately 600 entries represent the major writers, literary schools, and cultural movements in the history of Mexican literature. The volume features bibliographical, biographical, and critical material, placing each work in its cultural and historical framework.
    • Location(s): Ref PQ 7106 .D53 1992
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
    New York: Scribner's 1996 2nd edition
    The 5,000+ articles in this resource give a remarkably complete overview of current knowledge about the region. Entries are arranged alphabetically by country, by topic (such as slavery, art, Asians in Latin America), and biographically. Articles are written by experts and are followed by selective bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1406 .E53 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society and Culture
    Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers 1997
    Contains long articles on topics related to the culture, economy, demography and politics of contemporary and historical Mexico.
    • Location(s): Ref F1210.E63 1997 (2 vols.)
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
    New York: Oxford 2005
    Provides lengthy, scholarly articles on all aspects of the topic, including intellectual, social, cultural, and political issues.
    • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 O97 2005
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
    Oxford: Oxford UP 2001
    Solid, scholarly articles on a part of the world that has been the site of significant cultural developments in archaeology, history and the arts.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1218.6 .O95 2001
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the call number areas relating to the topic.
  • F 1201-1392 History and culture of Mexico
  • PC 4001-4977 Romance Languages - Spanish
  • PQ 7100-7298.436 Mexican Literature
Indexes and Databases
For more information and additional suggestions, see the Databases Guide for Geography.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • AnthroSource
    American Anthropological Association
    Full-text archive of 32 scholarly journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), most dating back to the first issue and about half continuing to the present. This is the premier online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists, and covers physical anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
    varies; most from 1970s-present
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.
    1997-present; updated weekly
  • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
    A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
    1949-present; updated quarterly
  • Business Source Premier
    Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • CIAO
    Columbia International Affairs Online contains references to working papers, conference proceedings, journals, books, policy briefs, economic indicators, and more, from 1991 to the present. The database focuses on theory and research in international affairs.
    1991-present; updated monthly
  • EconLit
    The EconLit database, produced by the Journal of Economic Literature, includes subject indexing and abstracts to 685 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics and allied disciplines.
    1969-present; updated monthly
  • ERIC
    ERIC is the major index to literature in education. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, and research reports selected by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). ERIC citations date from 1966 to the present, and full text is available for many research reports. You may limit your search to show only results with free full text.
    1966-present; updated monthly
  • GeoRefS
    GeoRefS contains citations to nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences. It is international in scope, and citations date from 1785 to the present.
    1785-present; updated twice monthly
  • HLAS Online
    The Handbook of Latin American Studies is an online annotated bibliography on Latin America edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Coverage alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Over 5,000 new references are added each year.
  • Informe
    Full text access to hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Both an English interface and a Spanish interface are available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Informe (Revistas in Espanol)
    Full text access to hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Both an English interface and a Spanish interface are available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • LexisNexis Country Profiles
    Search for news and research reports on a particular country; includes includes some of the most comprehensive sources of political, economic and socio-demographic information.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Public Affairs Index
    Covers global contemporary public policy issues, ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. Draws on scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and reference works.
    1972-present; updated weekly
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature indexes over 500 scholarly sources on music and related disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, music therapy, music librarianship, the physics of music, and other fields as they relate to music. The majority of citations include abstracts.
    1967-present; updated monthly
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
    The world's most comprehensive bibliographic resource for all aspects of sport and fitness. Contains bibliographic references to international practical and research literature in sport, physical fitness, active living, and physical education. This database contains over 650,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800. It provides full text for more than 440 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus.
    1800-present; updated monthly
Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers
  • Anuario del Centro de Estudios Superiores de Mexico and Centro America - available from 2000-present in Informe
  • Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional - available from 2001-present at this site
  • Business Mexico - available from 1990-present in LexisNexis
  • Colonial Latin American Review - available in Academic Search Premier from 1996-present (most recent 1 year not available)
  • Convergencia: Revista de Ciencias Sociales - available from 1999-present at this site
  • Economia Mexicana - available from 2003-present at this site
  • Ensayos - available from 2002-present in Informe
  • Excelsior (newspaper from Mexico) - available online
  • Migraciones Internacionales - available from 2003-present in Informe
  • Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales - available from 2001-present at this site
  • Revista Proceso (weekly magazine from Mexico) - available online
The library's Audio Visual collection includes many films by Mexican producers and directors; we also have many films about Mexico. A few sample titles are listed below. Use our Audio Visual search to identify more (using keywords like Mexico, Mexican, or Latin America, for example).

  • Cracking the Maya Code (Audiovisual F 1435.3 .W75 C73 2008)
  • La Otra Conquista/The Other Conquest (Audiovisual PN 1995.9 .H5 O873 2007)
  • The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo? (Audiovisual ND 259 .K33 L54 2004)
  • Mi Familia/My Family (Audiovisual PN 1995.9 .F4 M92 1995)

Web Sites of Interest
  • Mexico Outdoors
    This project, created by students in the BIO245: Conservation Biology course, offers information about critical places, issues, and endangered animals in Mexico.
Reading in Common Book

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

Photo Credits (L to R)

Chichen Itza's Kukulcan Temple -
Payasos de colores -
Mexico City -

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