History 022 (Mercado): Mexican American History: Search Terms

LCSH History

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Below are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings you may want to use.

 

Biography

[last name], [first name]

(ex. Huerta, Dolores

       Longoria, Felix)

Hispanic Americans

[UF: Latinos]
 

Mexican Americans

[UF: Chicanos]

Indians of North America

Mestizos

Racially Mixed People

Race Identity

Immigration

Migrant Labor

Permanent Residents (Immigrants)

Noncitizens

Unauthorized Immigration

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

 

 

 

Race Relations

Ethnic Relations

Cultural Relations

Racial minorities

Racial Awareness

 

Mexican American Neighborhoods 

[UF: Barrios]

 

Zoot Suit Riots

Grape Strike

Mendez Case

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986

 

 

Social Justice

Equality

Distributive Justice

Equality Before the Law

Justice

Social Advocacy

Civil Rights Movements

Protest Movements

Social Movements

Peace Movements

 

Education AND

 

Higher

Primary

Secondary

Bilingual

 

 

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling in Law Enforcement

 

Criminal Justice, Administration of

Police

Criminal Procedure

Criminal Law

Crime

Sentences (Criminal Procedure)

Due Process of Law--United States

 

Racism

Race Discrimination

Prejudices

Sexism

Classism

Ageism

Heterosexism

Anti-Arabism

Anti-Asianis

 

Deportation--United States

Border Patrols

 

 

 

Social Classes

Social Class

Working Class

Poverty

Poor

Well-Being

Luxury

Income 

Power (Social Sciences)

Community Power

Corporate Power

Communities

Political Participation


 
 

Homeless Children

Homeless Persons

Homeless Boys

Homeless Girls

Abandoned Children

Runaway Children

Torture--United States

Police Brutality

Stop & Frisk (Police Method)

Police Questioning--United States

Interviewing in Law Enforcement

Confession (Law)--United States

 

Ethnology--Studying and Teaching

Education, Bilingual

Affirmative Action Programs in Education

 

Body Image

Body Image in Women

Body Image in Men

       

 

       

 

Keywords

While not official subject headings, these keywords can be very fruitful for your research. Try to also think of other terms such as these. Keyword searches look at all the information in the book or article record including title, author, abstract, table of contents, etc. It always helps to think of synonyms, as the way one person would describe something is not the same way another would.

Undocumented Workers

Chicanos

Latinos

Barrios

Dreamers [this one MUST be combined with another term such as immigration or Mexican, etc.)

What "Search Terms" to Use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Social ClassAND Sentencing

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex