"Perspectives on Gender in Latin America"
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I. IUCAT: Indiana University Libraries Catalog

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Terms in keyword searches should be connected with and
women and work and latin america
Use Exact when you know the author or title, or Library of Congress subject heading. Subject searches often produce better results then keyword searches. Some helpful subject headings:
women latin america social conditions
women caribbean area social conditions
family latin america
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II. Finding your Primary Source

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Academic Search Premier - searchable database of journal and magazine articles in many subject areas. Covers many popular publications such as Life and National Geographic. (Mostly full text; some images, but not always of good quality. Most sources are available in print in the IU Libraries: follow the search IUCAT for availability link at the end of the citation.)
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    jn "national geographic" and caribbean

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Lexis-Nexis and Dow Jones Interactive - two giant full text news databases. Coverage of most major newspapers, usually only back to the 1980s. In Lexis-Nexis, use the guided search for best results. (Full text, but no images. Many original sources are available in print in the IU Libraries.)

Print resource 19th Century Reader's Guide (1890-1899) and Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-present) - Complete index of 150-200 most widely circulated American periodicals. (Citations only; most of the sources are available in the IU Libraries. Reader's Guide is shelved across from Reference Desk, AI3 .R21).

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Periodicals Contents Index (PCI) - Searchable index of nearly 2,500 journals in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues (the earliest is 1780) through 1990/1991. Covers Harper's Monthly back to 1850. (Citations only)
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Authorized IU Bloomington Users Historical Newspapers Online - Electronic index to the New York Times, 1851-1923 and the London Times, 1790-1945. (Citations only; text is available in Microforms, AN2.N5 T5 and AN4.L8 T5)
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Making of America - A digital library of primary sources. Currently contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

Library of Congress: American Memory - Digitized, searchable, collections of primary sources, primarily U.S. but with many individual items relating to Latin America

III. Finding Journal Articles on your Topic

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life - World and American history from 1450 to the present. Historical Abstracts indexes about 2,000 journals; includes some books and dissertations. America: History and Life also indexes about 2,000 journals, and includes book reviews from about 100 journals. Most of the article citations include abstracts of 75-100 words.
  • Note: Latin America is covered by both America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, with more coverage in Historical Abstracts.
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Authorized IU Bloomington Users JSTOR - a collection of digitized journals, including important journals for Latin American Studies. Search by author, title, keyword, etc or browse by journal title. View/print digital images of original full text of articles.

Authorized IU Bloomington Users MLA (Modern Language Association) Bibliography - searchable index to journals, book chapters, etc, in modern languages, literature, linguistics and folkl ore. Good source for scholarship on gender theory. (Citations only)

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Handbook of Latin American Studies - searchable index to books, journals and conference proceedings in Latin American Studies. 1990-present. (Citations only)

Authorized IU Bloomington Users HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index - Similar to the Handbook but covers journal articles only; 1970-present. (Citations only)

Authorized IU Bloomington Users Contemporary Women's Issues and Women's Resources International - searchable indexes to feminist publications/women's issues. Women's Resources International has coverage back to the 1970s, but no full text. Contemporary Women's Issues only goes back to 1992 but is mostly full text.

October 10, 2001

Celestina Wroth ( cewroth@indiana.edu)
Librarian for History, Religious Studies,
and History & Philosophy of Science
Main Library E560, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405, (812) 855-1336