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MAS 225: Secondary Sources

Finding Books & eBooks

Finding Books and eBooks in the Catalog

  • Use filters on the left to narrow your search (by format, date, etc.)
  • Read eBooks by clicking on the title. You'll need to log in with your UNC username and password if you're off campus.
  • Request print books with the "Request it" button to the right of a title. You'll get an email when the book is ready to check out.
  • Or you can find a book on the shelf yourself. Books with call numbers starting with A-F are on the second floor. G-Z are on the third floor.
  • The core section for Chicano/a and Latinx Studies is E184.M5 on the second floor.

Checking Out Books

  • You can pick up and check out books at the large desk on the main floor.
  • You'll need your BearID
  • You can check out as many books as you'd like
  • Books are due back at the end of the semester

Finding Articles


Start with Summon, which searches all University Libraries databases at once.

  • Summon is good for finding articles. Use the "Peer-Reviewed" and "Journal Article" filters on the left.
  • Save sources and send them to yourself using the bookmark symbol.
  • Save sources to RefWorks or other citation management tools using the menu symbol (three dots).

Subject-Specific Databases

If Summon gives you too many results or irrelevant results, try a subject-specific database. Below are some relevant databases:

Browsing Journals

You can also browse through individual journals for articles. Click on the "Journals" tab on the Libraries homepage and search for the journal's name. Below are a few examples of relevant journals:

  • Afro-Hispanic Review
  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies
  • The Hispanic American Historical Review
  • Hispanic Health Care International
  • Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
  • Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy
  • Journal of Hispanic Higher Education
  • Journal of Latinx Psychology

Search Strategies

Use these strategies in Summon, subject-specific databases, or the Catalog.

Expanding Your Search:

  • Use a truncation symbol. For example, Latin* will find Latina, Latino, Latinx, etc.
  • Use OR in the advanced search mode. Latina OR Chicana will find sources with either keyword.
  • Clear all filters/limiters

Narrowing Your Search:

  • Use a phrasal search. "Chicano Movement" will find those two words together and in that order.
  • Use AND in the advanced search mode. Mexican American AND education will find sources with both keywords.
  • Use filters such as date, content type, and discipline.

Other Search Strategies:

  • Use old-fashioned citation searching. Search in a source's references to find more sources.
  • Use newer citation searching tools. Put the title of a relevant source into Summon or Google Scholar. Then click on the "Cited by" link to find newer sources that cite your source.
  • Look for a relevant source's subject headings. These are like librarian hashtags that you can use to improve your search.