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Spanish 400: Cuba, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic: Reference Sources Plus

Reference Books vs. Circulating Books

Reference books should only be used for an overview, and not as one of your major sources.  Because reference book articles are short, you are not going to find the level of detail required to write a successful paper.

Circulating books offers more specific information on one major subject with lots of details in its further subdivision.  You may also find lots of supporting materials via facts, personal experience or survey as well as possible some statistics.  It takes you to a deeper level of research.

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Get an Overview with Reference Sources

Recommended Reading

A continent of islands : searching for the Caribbean destiny
Cuba : art and history, from 1868 to today  
Cuba at a crossroads : politics and economics after the Fourth Party Congress
Cuba avant-garde : contemporary Cuban art from the Farber collection
Cuba, or, The pursuit of freedom 
Cuba today and tomorrow : reinventing socialism 
Culture wars [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices
Dominican women [electronic resource (video)]
Empire's workshop : Latin America, the United States, and the rise of the new imperialism
Encyclopedia of modern ethnic conflicts [netLibrary e-books
Freedom's mirror : Cuba and Haiti in the age of revolution
Harvest of empire : a history of Latinos in America
Julia Alvarez : writing a new place on the map
Latin America and global capitalism : a critical globalization perspective
Latin America and global capitalism [electronic resource] : a critical globalization perspective
Latin America in the world economy : mercantile colonialism to global capitalism 
The militarization of culture in the Dominican Republic, from the captains general to General Trujillo [electronic resource]
The Pan-American dream : do Latin America's cultural values discourage true partnership with the United States and Canada?
Puerto Rico mio : four decades of change = cuatro decadas de cambio
Remaking a lost harmony : stories from the Hispanic Caribbean
Stories from Latin America = Historias de Latinoamérica
Writing toward hope : the literature of human rights in Latin America Texts mainly in Spanish, with English introductions.
Yankee no! : anti-Americanism in U.S.--Latin American relations
Yankee no! [electronic resource] : anti-Americanism in U.S.--Latin American relations

Where can I find them?

Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study room).

  • Reference books CANNOT be checked out or leave the library.
  • Please return reference books to the Garver Room when you're done using them.
  • All reference books will have the prefix REF before the call number.

Circulating books are located in the stacks. 

  • Please use the Stack Directory in the Main Help Desk area or ask librarians.
  • If you don't find a circulating book in the stack, you may check 1) Books around the slot where it should be; 2) The shelves with "To be shelved" in the stacks; 3) Ask the librarian at the Circulation Desk to see if it is just returned.
  • Librarians can help you to get a copy via an Interlibrary Loan service.

Questions & Answers for You

Q. Dear Ms. Pei, After I searched the NOBLE Catalog system, I found one of the items I like to read having a call number like this:       S 232 ST88JE, what does it mean and where I can find it?

A. This prefix means this item is in Spanish language. You can find it in the stacks down in the basement next to the 900s section.