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LAS/HIS 340 -- Women and Gender in Latin America: Getting Started

Basic Research Steps

  • Select an interesting and doable topic.
  • Identify each component of your topic.
  • Select appropriate terms to describe the components and use truncation as appropriate.
  • Determine the correct use of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT). Click here for an explanation.
  • Select fields to search if appropriate (author, title, subject).
  • Limit your results as necessary (date, scholarly vs. popular, etc.).
  • Evaluate your results and rethink your strategy as necessary.


Background Information & Overviews

When you begin a research project, it is helpful to do some background reading to get some basic information on your topic, e.g., keywords, important names, dates, etc. CredoReference is a fulltext online reference service comprised of over 3 million entries from hundreds of well-regarded reference titles. Content includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject-specific titles.

Subject-specific reference materials can provide beginning researchers with the following:

  • an overview of a topic and how it fits into the broader picture,
  • the various aspects of a topic to help broaden or narrow the area of research,
  • the vocabulary (a.k.a. keywords) associated with the topic to use at the computer,
  • the names of important people or organizations associated with the topic,
  • a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.

Hint: Look for the word count at the bottom of each entry to find longer articles.

Print Resources

  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women's Issues Worldwide

    Ref 305.42 G816 2003

  • Notable Twentieth Century Latin American Women

    Ref 920.72 N899t 2001

  • Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

    Ref 305.4 R869 2000

  • Women in World History

    Ref 920.72 W872

  • Women's Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Ref 305.40972 S634w 2011