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Latin American History

A guide for patrons researching the history of Latin America at the UO Libraries.

How to read an LC Call Number

Library of Congress (LC) Call Numbers are like an item's address to help you find where it lives on the shelf. Each letter stands for an academic discipline. In the image below, L is for Education, LD is for Individual Institutions - United States. Can you guess which institution is at LD 4363 .U55 2006

Photo of UO Libraries books on shelf

To read a call number, read the number from left to right or top to bottom as follows:

  1. Alphabetically (L before LC, LC before LD)
  2. Numerically (4362.3 before 4363
  3. Alphabetically (.A before .B
  4. Decimal order (.U2 before .U5 or .U55
  5. (Sometimes there are more pieces in alphabetical then numerical order here)
  6. Finally, chronologically (1985 before 2006) This is year of publication and may or may not be included.

Lastly, the shelf is organized from top to bottom in sections, so you'll zig-zag down each section to look for your call number before moving to the next section. 

Bonus: You can also click the "Locate" option in LibrarySearch to see a floor map with the number of the shelf your item is on.

LC Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification Subject Areas

Please note, some of the UO Libraries' materials may be located in branch libraries or special locations within Knight Library.

Letter
Subject Area
A General Works
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C Auxiliary Sciences of History
D World History
E History of the Americas
F History of the Americas
G Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
L Education
M Music
N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature
Q Science
R Medicine
S Agriculture
T Technology
U Military Science
V Naval Science
Z Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources

To drill down into the LC Classification Outline, use the link below:

UO LibrarySearch - Find articles, books, and more

LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for finding books and other media that combines the collections of UO Libraries and Summit libraries.

Secondary Sources for Latin American History

These databases will provide you with scholarly research on the history of Latin America.

About LCSH Subdivisions

About Subject Heading Subdivisions

Subdivisions, or subheadings, are words or phrases which may be added to a subject heading to create a more effective search. They are hyperlinked in LibrarySearch so that you can use them to see all records they are connected with. 

Some standard subheadings are:

Type of Subdivision Examples Useful for:

Topical – What this item is about (content)

Museums

Aging

Statistical Methods
Narrowing a broader topic into subtopics

Form 

Dictionaries

Periodicals

Textbooks
Useful for locating specific types of materials

Chronological

21st century

Japanese Heian period, 794-1185

Middle Ages, 600-1500
Locating information about a particular era or time period 

Geographical (place)

England --London

Eugene (Or.)

Narnia (Imaginary place)
Finding information about a specific place or region
Other Common Subdivisions

Bibliography

Biography

Criticism and interpretation

Translations into [language]

Social life and customs

Fiction
Locating bibliographies, fiction, etc. 

Cataloging librarians follow specific rules for adding LC Subject Headings to an items record. For questions, please contact libref@uoregon.edu.

Accessing an Online Article From LibrarySearch or a Database (UO video tutorial)

About Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Infographic

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Infographic about Interlibrary Loan - Follow link for accessible text version


Text description of "Use Interlibrary Loan" for web accessibility

Before submitting an InterLibrary Loan request, an account must be made. This can be found on the UO Libraries website by clicking the "InterLibrary Loan" link and following the login prompts, or first time users can click here.

Once an account is made, books may be searched for and requested through LibrarySearch and WorldCat.

Please allow about 2 weeks for delivery of books and physical materials. An e-mail will be sent when print materials are ready for pick-up.

Most journal articles arrive in 24-48 hours and will be sent electronically.

 

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HLAS - The Handbook of Latin American Studies

HLAS - Handbook of Latin American Studies

It is very helpful to search HLAS using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). You can find more information about LCSH at the link below.

Online and OA academic information in Spanish & Portuguese

open lock logo in dark greenThis box contains links to some of the most popular online and open-access (Open Access open lock logo or OA) resources from the Spanish-Speaking world. The links marked with the OA open lock symbol mean these indexes or databases give access to some or all full text of the articles. If there is something you can't find the full text for, please contact your librarian or use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it.

When searching open web or internet resources, be sure to use Boolean-style searching (using AND, OR, and NOT) when appropriate. Google and Google Scholar have advanced search operators and field searching. Many of the databases listed here have advanced search screens and help menus to assist you.

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