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Finding Research Resources for Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies

Finding Research Resources for Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies

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Finding Research Resources for Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies

  1. 1. Finding Research Resources for ALCS 503 Theoretical Approaches to Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies Jesús Alonso-Regalado University at Albany Libraries
  2. 2. Finding Keywords (I) 1. Identify keywords that define your research • Theories • Context (both time and place) where the theoretical framework originated and developed. • Disciplines with which this theoretical framework has established dialogues. How does it contest (or converge with) the epistemological foundations of other schools of thought/disciplines/transdisciplines? • Major objects of study and preferred methodologies • Major concepts and arguments • Prominent scholars • Additional useful keywords: theory, approach…
  3. 3. Finding Keywords (II) 2. Related keywords • For subaltern studies: marginality, minorities … • For Feminism: sex role… 3. Synomyms • Latinos, Hispanics 4. Keywords in different languages • Latin America, América Latina…
  4. 4. Searching Techniques Have you Found Too Many Resources? Narrow down your search by using: • Subject searches and subject headings for a more controlled search. • Boolean operators (AND, NOT) • Limits (by date, language, format, specific field, electronic full-text availability…) Do you Need Additional Resources? Expand your search by using: • Keyword in different languages, synonyms, an related keywords. • Boolean operators (OR). Good option to combine synonyms. • Truncation. A symbol at the end of a word to retrieve variants of that word. For example: searching for femin* would find “feminist", “feminism” • Wildcards. A symbol to be embedded within a word to replace a single character or a string of characters. For example: searching for wom?n will find “woman” and “women”.
  5. 5. Types of Sources • Companions • Readers • Handbooks • Introductions • Specialized Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
  6. 6. Specialized Publishers in Research Methods & Theories • Ashgate • Routledge • Sage • Wiley-Blackwell • University Presses: Cambridge, Duke, Minnesota, NYU, Oxford…
  7. 7. Search Tools • Specialized databases: Sage Research Methods • Dissertation & Theses • Main Library Search tool and Worldcat Selected Reference Sources • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

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