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Latin American History

Library Catalog

The UT Tyler Libraries Catalog includes circulating books, reference books, books on microfilm and microfiche, state documents, and thousands of e-books.

Full-Text Books

Finding Books We Don't Own

Interlibrary Loan--ILLiad

Found a book or an article that we do not own? Fill out an InterLibrary Loan form and we will get it for you.



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. 

Finding Primary Sources in the Catalog

“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 They may be published or unpublished, printed or handwritten, on microfilm or fiche or online.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]
Personal narratives

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.

Subject headings in the catalog and WorldCat

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.

For example:
Guatemala--Social life and customs
Guatemala--Ethnic relations
Guatemala--Social conditions
Guatemala--Race relations
Guatemala--Foreign relations--United States
Guatemala--Politics and government, 1821-1945
Guatemala--Politics and government, 1985-
Guatemala--History, 1945-1985
Guatemala--History--Revolution, 1985-

Places can also be subdivisions of subjects--

Liberation movements--Guatemala
Human rights--Guatemala
Indigenous peoples--Guatemala
Mayas--Crimes against--Guatemala
Social classes--Guatemala

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.

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