Rutgers University Libraries Latin American Popular Culture
The Basics: "Restricted Access;" Off-Campus Links; Finding Books: IRIS; Book Delivery; Finding Articles; Becoming an 'Expert' User Citing Your Sources
Getting Started: Basic Resources Finding Books: Library Catalogs Finding Articles: Indexes
Subject Resources: African Influence Religion Festivals Music Sports Literature Theater Movies and Television
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The Basics

Restricted Access

Many of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, by contract, remote access to the Rutgers University Library's indexes, electronic journals, and electronic reserve articles is available only to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff. In order to use these from off-campus, you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

Once you have gone to a Rutgers Libraries page and logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] you can use the "Off-Campus Link" provided for each Rutgers-restricted resource below to connect to that database or article. These links will not work from a networked computer on-campus. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Use IRIS to find out if the Rutgers Libraries have the specific books or journals that you need, or to locate books on topics that you're researching. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

The fastest way to get a copy of a book that is not owned or not available (checked out/on Reserve/missing etc.) at the Rutgers Libraries is to request it through E-Z Borrow. E-Z Borrow books are normally received within about five working days. Tell Me More

If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. Tell Me More

Finding Articles plus

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text is the basic index for finding articles in the humanities disciplines, including history. It indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in history, literature, art and music, philosophy and religion. It indexes many journals back to 1984 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Need More?

While Humanities Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper, if you're working on a more extensive project, or a more specialized topic, you will probably need to use one or more indexes that focus specifically on history and on Latin American studies. You'll find links to most of these in the Finding Articles section below.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You will probably be asked to use Chicago/Turabian style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are both available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a nice introduction to Chicago/Turabian Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create bibliographic citations.

The above site does not, however, cover citing online resources. The Library of Congress has a guide on How to Cite Electronic Sources that show Turabian-style examples; the Bedford/St. Martin's site also offers useful information on Using Chicago Style to Cite and Document Sources

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide


Getting Started: Basic Resources

Covington, Paula H. et al. Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources. New York, Greenwood Press, 1992.
Includes chapters on arthropology, art, history, literature, the performing arts, politics, religion, sociology, and women's studies. Chapters include bibliographies of principal sources plus brief descriptions of relevant special collections.
Dana Call Number: F1408 .L38 1992

Hinds, Harold E. and Charles M. Tatum (eds). Handbook of Latin American Popular Culture. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1985.
Somewhat dated but still a valuable resource. Essays, with extensive bibliographies, on popular music, sports, television, popular religion, comics, fotonovelas, film, cartoons, newspapers, and festivals and carnivals.
Dana Call Number: F1408.3 .H316 1985

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. Edited by Daniel Balderston, Mike Gonzalez, and Ana M. Lopez. New York, Routledge, 2000. 3 volumes
Signed entries focusing on social, political, and cultural developments in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1920. Many entries relating to popular culture. Entries over 400 words include a short list of suggested readings.
Dana Call Number: Ref. F1406 .E515 2000


Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS
The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. IRIS is not a restricted database, anyone can access it from anywhere. However if you're coming in from off-campus and trying to connect to electronic journals or e-reserves from within IRIS you will need to be logged in. So you might find it less frustrating to use the off-campus version.

Center for Research Libraries
CRL is consortium of North American university and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, foreign dissertations, archives, and other expensive or hard to find materials. As Rutgers is a CRL member, these materials are considered part of Rutgers' collections and can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. In addition to the materials listed in their catalog, CRL also supports and provides access to special collections such as the Latin American Microform Project (LAMP), International Disserations, and Global Newspapers

RedLightGreen
Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available at Rutgers or another library. Based on the over 120 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).


Finding Articles plus: Indexes

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text is the basic index for finding articles in the humanities disciplines, including history. It indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in history, literature, art and music, philosophy and religion. It indexes many journals back to 1984 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Search Guide available.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
1935- . Selective, annotated bibliography of books, book chapters, articles, and conference papers published in the field of Latin American studies. Coverage alternates between social sciences and the humanities on a biennial basis.

Hispanic-American Periodical Index [HAPI]
1970- . The major multidisciplinary periodical index for Latin American Studies. Indexes over 400 scholarly journals published in the U.S. and Latin America.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Newspaper Articles

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access


Subject Resources

African Influence

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Latin America Civilization African Influences
Caribbean Area Civilization African Influences
[country] Civilization African Influences

Nunez, Benjamin. Dictionary of Afro-Latin American Civilization. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1980.
4500 entries on words, phrases, events and personalities.
Dana Call Number: Ref. F1408.3 .N86

Szwed, John F et.al. Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central, and South America, and the West Indies. Philadelphia, Insitute for the Study of Human Issues, 1978.
Volume 2 covers the West Indies, Central and South America. This is a major bibliographic resource for the African presence and folk traditions throughout Latin America.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z5984 .A44S95 v.2

Stone, M.C. African Diaspora in Latin America: Selected Readings 1996.

African Diaspora in the Americas: Bibliographies
General and for specific countries.

Religion

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Latin America Religious Life and Customs
Religion and Culture [country]
Funeral Rites and Ceremonies [country]
All Souls' Day Mexico
Indians of Mexico Funerals Customs and Rites
Santeria

Religion in Latin America
Includes bibliographies, including the History/Politics of Religion in Latin America, African-Latin American Religions, Indigenous Religions, etc. Previously maintained by Fr. Edward L. Cleary at Providence College, currently part of the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) at the University of Texas, Austin.

Crahan, Margaret E. Religion, Culture, and Society: The Case of Cuba. A Conference Report. Woodrow Wilson Center Reports on the Americas #9. Washington, D.C., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2003.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Bibliography with annotations. Based on the collections of the Palomar College Library.

Food for the Ancestors
"Culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life." PBS site.

Festivals

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Festivals Latin America
Festivals [country]
Folk Festivals [country]
Rites and Ceremonies [country]
Carnival [country]

Najera-Ramirez, Olga. Fiestas Hispanicas: Dimension of Hispanic Festivals and Celebrations. 1998

McCann, Katherine. Carnival in Brazil: Selected Sources

Cavalcanti, Maria Laura Viveiros de Castro. Rite and the Passage of Time: The Evolution of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Columbia University Institute for Latin American and Iberian Studies. Papers on Latin America #49.

Music

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Dance Latin America History
Dance [country]
Music [country] Social Aspect
Popular Music Latin America
Popular Music [country]
Reggae Music
Salsa (Music) History and Criticism
Dance Music [country]

Resources for Latin American Music
From the Latin American Music Center at the Indiana University School of Music.

Caribbean Music Resources: Select Bibliographies
Books and articles. Includes breakdown by country.

Nicolopulos, Jaime. Bibliografia basica para el estudio del corrido

Sports

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Sports Latin America
Sports Social Aspects [country]
Baseball Latin America History
Baseball [country] History
Baseball Social Aspects [country]
Soccer Political Aspect [country]
Soccer Social Aspects
Sports and State Political Aspects [country]

Arbema, Joseph L. "Sport and the Study of Latin American History: An Overview," Journal of Sport History 13(2), Summer 1986, 87-96.

Volinsky, Nan. Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean October 2000
Excerpts and a nice bibliography on the role of sports in Latin America beginning with the Pre-Columbian ballgame. From the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

Najera-Ramirez, Olga. Engendering Nationalism: Identity, Discourse and The Mexican Charro
"This paper provides a historical review of the charro as a master symbol of Mexican culture, focusing on the process by which the charro has acquired those qualities that constitute Mexicanness."

Najera-Ramirez, Olga. Hacienda Patria: La Charreada and the Formation of a Mexican Transnational Identity
"This paper examines la charreada or Mexican rodeo as a set of cultural practices deployed to symbolically link Mexicanos on both sides of the border as "one people."

Literature

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Popular Literature Latin America
Literature and Society Latin America
Literature and Society [country]
Politics and Literature Latin America
Fotonovela

Concise Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Edited by Verity Smith. Chicago, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000.
Essays on individual countries as well as topical essays--most with good selective bibliographies--on subjects such as caudillismo and dictatorship, detective fiction, erotic and homoerotic writing, indianism, film, Marxism and culture, and nationalism.
Dana Call Number: Ref. PQ7081 .A1E56 2000

McClennen, Sophia A. Bibliography of Scholarship in Comparative Latin American Culture and Literature

The Theater

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Theater and Society Latin America
Theater and Society [country]
Performing Arts [country]
Street Theater Latin America

Acuna, Rene. El teatro popular en Hispanoamerica: una bibliografia anotada. Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1979.
Important resource for literature on popular theater and folk dance dramas in Latin America up to 1970.
ALEXANDER Call Number: Z2694 .F6A25

Lyday, Leon F. and Woodyard, George William. A Bibliography of Latin American Theater Criticism, 1940-1974. Austin, University of Texas Institute of Latin American Studies, 1976.
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z1609 .D7L9

Movies and Television

To find books on this topic search IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog. Some relevant subject headings include:

Motion pictures Latin America
Motion Pictures [country name]
Television Broadcasting Latin America
Television Broadcasting Social Aspects
Mass Media Latin America
Soap Operas Latin America
Soap Operas [country name]
Soap Operas Social Aspects [country name]

Chanan, Michael. Cinema in Latin America
Historical overview. Essay from The Oxford History of World Cinema (1996).

Burton, Julianne. The New Latin Americn Cinema: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, 1960-1980. New York, Smyrna Press, 1983.
Dana Call Number: Ref. PN1993.5 .L3B93 1983

Cinergia: Filmagraphies
Includes a Filmography of Latin America and Human Rights and a Filmography of Mexican Film and Gender. Part of Sophia McClennen's (Penn State) Cingergia: Critical Resources for Spanish and Latin American Film site.

Siegmund, Marianne. Film in Latin America: A Selective Bibliography, 1999

Film Literature Index
Index to scholarly and popular film and television periodicals worldwide from 1976 to 2001. Search or browse citations.


Questions?
Natalie Borisovets (natalieb@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
February 6, 2006
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