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Latino Studies: Books and Catalogs

Books at Penn Libraries

Franklin, the Penn Library's online catalog, lists more than two million books, journal titles, and other materials contained in campus libraries. Note: The Biddle Law Library has its own completely separate catalog, LOLA.
You can search Franklin by author, title, journal title, subject, or keyword. For information on searching, consult Franklin Search Help.

Keyword: Use keyword searching to combine concepts (X AND Y) and to search for particular words or phrases that might appear in titles or notes or subjects:

Author: Search for individual or corporate authors:

Subject: Some useful headings are listed below, with links to Franklin searches. Note that some of these are main subject headings plus subheadings. For example, there is the subject heading "American literature." "Hispanic American authors" is a subheading and "History and criticism" is a further subheading. All the results of "American Literature--Hispanic American authors--History and criticism" are contained in the subject "American Literature--Hispanic American authors." For finding primary sources, the addition of the following terms to a subject heading will find works that, in part at least, include primary material: sources, letters, diaries, correspondence, interviews, speeches, personal narratives, e.g., "Mexican-Americans--Texas--History--19th century--Sources," "Hispanic Americans--Interviews," "Immigrants--United States--Correspndence ."  

Franklin Catalog NewBooks+

Junot Diaz

Junot Díaz at the 2012 National Book Festival

Videos in VCat

Though videos are also included in Franklin, along with books, sound recordings, periodicals, et al., VCat is a standalone catalog just for videos. You can browse it by director, actor, language, and a number of other characteristics. You can also search on Latino* or Hispanic American* (again, the asterisk provides truncation) to find the videos that use those terms in their titles or descriptions.

Books+ Beyond Penn

Although the Penn Libraries' collection is large, there are many reasons you might seek materials elsewhere, including finding a copy of an item if Franklin shows it to be checked out or on reserve. Listed below are options for finding books and other materials at other libraries.