Finding Facts or Topic Overviews


Finding Facts or Topic Overviews: Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, etc.

For facts or topic overviews use a dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook or an almanac. These type of tools are useful for learning more about people, places, events or issues in Chicano Studies and they usually provide additional suggested readings for a topic. I have listed some of these tools below with a brief description of its content and call numbers for your convenience. (Note the majority are located in the reference area on the 1st floor of library north.)


 The Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Americans  
A reference volume supplying information on Hispanic notables.
Call # ref E184.S75 M49 1997 (1st Floor - Library North)

Chicano Writers 
Biographical/critical essays representing a broad cross section of authors who contribute to the growing body of Chicano literature.
Call # ref PN451 .D52 v.82 v.122 v.209 (1st Floor - Library North)

 Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States 
This work attempts to contribute to knowledge about the most significant aspects of Hispanic culture in the United States. It is divided into four volumes; Vol. 1 Literature and Art, Vol. 2 History, Vol. 3 Sociology, and Vol. 4 Anthropology. Each volume is composed of chapters written by specialists in the areas and concludes with a bibliography and detailed index.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 H365 1993 (1st Floor - Library North)

Hispanic American Almanac: A Reference Work on Hispanics in the U.S.
Divided into 27 different chapters this almanac provides a chronology, historical overview, facts and figures on a variety of topics including law and politics, population growth and distribution, arts, theater, music, and film. Concludes with a keyword index.
 Call#: ref E 184 S75 H557 1997 (1st Floor - Library North)

Hispanic American Chronology 
Arranged chronologically from 25,000 BC to August 1995 this source describes significant social, political, economic, cultural and educational milestones in the history of Hispanic Americans. Includes photographs and concludes with an index.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 H559 1996 (1st Floor - Library North)

Hispanic Firsts: 500 Years of Extraordinary Achievement  
An effort to organize the contributions and achievements of Hispanics as pioneers of American culture. Arranged chronologically within broad topics such as art and design, business and commerce, film, military, religion, etc.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 K36 1997 (1st Floor - Library North)

Latinas! Women of Achievement 
Arranged in alphabetical order by last name each entry includes a photograph but does not include references.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 L354 1996 (1st Floor - Library North)

The Latino Encyclopedia 
This six-volume encyclopedia was designed to provide current information on Latino life in the United States. Entries vary in length from one paragraph to several pages. It includes people, organizations, geographic locations, history, entertainment, military activity, religion, family life, court cases, and cultural movements.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 L357 1996 (1st Floor - Library North)

Mexican American Biographies :A Historical Dictionary, 1836-1987
Identifies prominent figures in the Mexican American experience and provides basic information from the time of the Texas Revolution in the mid 1830s to the late 1980s.
Call# ref E184.M5 M454 1988 (1st Floor - Library North)

Notable Latino Americans: A Biographical Dictionary 
Focuses on U.S. Latinos and Latinas who have made important contributions to American society. Arranged alphabetically by last names. Entries include both living and dead. Each entry concludes with a list for further reading.
Call#: ref E 184 S75 M35 1997 (1st Floor - Library North)

Hispanic Writers : A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors
Provides biographical and bibliographical information on more that 400 authors who are part of 20th century Hispanic literature. 
Call # ref PQ7081.3 .H58 1991 (1st Floor - Library North)