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Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Using the Rutgers University Library Catalog and Other Catalogs

Guide to library resources in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Using the Rutgers Library Catalog to find Books and Media

Helpful Hint: Use keyword searches in the library catalog to begin your search, then use what you learn to help you build more effective, targeted searches using subject headings.

Example: We're interested in women in politics in Mexico, so we start with a general Words Anywhere search:

But you'll note that many of the top results are not related to Mexican women in politics:

 

To get a better results list, choose one of the books in the results list that does fit your topic (there should be at least a couple), and look at the full record.

 

You'll notice that there is a Subject Heading specifically for the topic:

Women -- Political activity -- Latin America

Click on the first Subject Heading, and you will get a much better list of books, that is highly focused on your topic.

You can also do a new search using only part of the Subject Heading you found, or replace some of the terms with others that are more relevant. So we can replace "Latin America" with "Mexico" and do the search this way:

This search is much more effective than the first keyword search we started with, and will return 31 books in the library specifically about women in politics in Mexico. 

Other Catalogs

WorldCat

Use this catalog to locate materials at other libraries. Materials not owned by Rutgers may be requested through interlibrary loan.

Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries houses over 4 million volumes of research materials that are rarely held in North American libraries. Because the Rutgers University Libraries have membership with the Center for Research Libraries, materials are available to Rutgers users via interlibrary loan.

Library of Congress

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