The UT Tyler Libraries Catalog includes circulating books, reference books, books on microfilm and microfiche, state documents, and thousands of e-books.
Found a book or an article that we do not own? Fill out an InterLibrary Loan form and we will get it for you.
Are you heading to another library where you might want to check out books? Before you get in the car, come by the UT Tyler Library and pick up a TexShare card. TexShare allows students, faculty and staff of UT Tyler to borrow items from other participating libraries in the state of Texas. Click here for more information. Of course, there are some materials at other libraries that you may not be allowed to check out. Nothing checks out of either the Benson Latin American Collection or the Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin. But you may have more luck at the Perry-Castaneda Library, the main circulating library at UT Austin.
“A primary source is firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. The nature and value of a source cannot be determined without reference to the topic and questions it is meant to answer. The same document, or other piece of evidence, may be a primary source in one investigation and secondary in another. The search for primary sources does not, therefore, automatically include or exclude any category of records or documents.” (Yale University Library)
Primary sources may include diaries, letters, speeches, interviews, autobiographies, personal narratives, eyewitness accounts, memoirs, or government documents. They may be published or unpublished, printed or handwritten, on microfilm or fiche or online.
Start your search in the UT Tyler catalog with a subject or keyword subject, then enter one of the following words as a separate subject, then click on search.
Sources [will pull up collections of documents]
You may also want to try for certain keywords in the title, usually the subtitle, such as "documentary history," "letters," or "papers." You will almost certainly get some false hits, but you can weed through them.
Books and ebooks are assigned Library of Congress subject headings, whether they are in the UT Tyler Library catalog or in WorldCat. They are listed at the bottom of each book's record as hot links to get you to other materials on that specific subject.
Subject headings also often have subheadings that further limit the subject, and sometimes those are limited by date.
Guatemala--Social life and customs
Guatemala--Foreign relations--United States
Guatemala--Politics and government, 1821-1945
Guatemala--Politics and government, 1985-
Places can also be subdivisions of subjects--
By restricting your search to Subject rather than Keyword, you will be able to narrow down your results to books where your topic is a main, rather than a tangential subject.
If you would like to look around in the stacks here or at another university library, these are the general Library of Congress call numbers for the different Latin American countries and regions:
Latin America (in general)--F1401
Central America (in general)--F1421
West Indies (in general)--F1601
Lesser Antilles (in general)--F2001
South America (in general)--F2201
Books dealing with subjects can be located elsewhere, according to the subject:
United States diplomatic history--by other country--E183.8 (in American history)
Slavery--HT1126 (any time, anywhere)
Guantanamo--VA68 (with military history)
Cuban Missile Crisis--E841 (with Kennedy's administration)
Sugar Industry--HD9114 (with business)
Rubber Industry--HD9161 (with business)
Banana trade--HD9259.B3 (with business)