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The Latino Presence in Art and Visual Culture

Research Sources & Tips


Reserves | Facts & Overviews | Books | Journal Articles | Full Text | Popular Press | Request Articles/Books | Images/Media | Writing/Citing


I. Course Reserves

Check out the Course Reserves.

II. Facts and Overviews

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino literature / edited by Nicolás Kanellos.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.

Oxford Art Online

Hispanic Population of the United States U.S. Census Bureau

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art



III. Latino Presence in Art and Visual Culture

A. Use Library Catalogs to find books

1. Tufts Libraries Catalog

2. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

B. Searches & Results

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)

1. Latino Presence in Art:



su:art and ("hispanic american*" or latino or latina)


Hispanic American art


"cuban american*" and art


("mexican american*" or chican*) and su:art



2. Latino Presence in Film/Cinema/Television



Hispanic Americans in motion pictures

Hispanic Americans in the motion picture industry

Hispanic American motion picture actors and actresses

Hispanic Americans in the motion picture industry


Hispanic Americans on television



3. Latino Presence in Theater:

Hispanic American drama

Hispanic American theater



4. Latino Presence in Literature and Mass Media:

Hispanic Americans in Literature.

Hispanic Americans in Mass Media

Hispanic Americans in the performing arts


Hispanic Americans in popular culture -- United States.


Hispanic Americans

Cuban Americans

Mexican Americans




3. Advanced Keyword search, limiting to books:



on the topic of "Latino Film":


Material Type:

4. Literary Anthologies and Collections:

Introductory texts in anthologies provide overviews and surveys of an author and his/her works, a literary era, literary style, and so on so forth. The explanatory footnotes enhance an understanding of the works in terms of contemporary culture and literary traditions in which the authors lived and wrote. Hence, the historical significance of the works. Examples:


The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature / Ilan Stavans, general editor; [editors], Edna Acosta-Belén ... [et al.].


The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: an Anthology of Prize-winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama / edited, with an introduction, by Stephanie Fetta.


5. Exhibition/Museum Catalogues

These exhibition and museum catalogues are uniquely valuable sources, some of which serve as case studies for this course. These catalogues may include:

Fundamental data on each work of art;

Official images of the artworks;

Curatorial statements/essays;

essays by art critics/historians;

list of scholarly publications on the art,

sometimes, artists interviews,

and more.

An example from Tisch library:

book cover TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art
essay by Stephanie Hanor; catalogue entries by Spring deBoer ... [et al.]; preface by Hugh M. Davies.
Reserves: N6538.H58 T73 2006


Sample findings at Tisch:

Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: the Making and Meanings of Film and TV stardom / Mary C. Beltrán.

From Bananas to Buttocks: the Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture / edited by Myra Mendible.

Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, Resistance / Charles Ramírez Berg.

The State of Latino Theater in the United States / Luis A. Ramos-García. PN2270.H57 R36 2002.

Latino/a Popular Culture / edited by Michelle Habell-Pall'an and Mary Romero.

Latino and Latina Writers. PS153.H56 L39 2004

Key Terms in Latino/a Cultural and Literary Studies. E184.S75 A795 2007

Hispanics in Hollywood: an Encyclopedia of Film and Television / Luis Reyes and Peter Rubie. Bookstacks: PN1995.9.H47 R49 1994

The Hispanic Image on the Silver Screen: an Interpretive Filmography from Silents into Sound, 1898-1935. Bookstacks: PN1995.9.L37 R55 1992



1. Path of Discovery in the Catalog:

*Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

*Apply the descriptive language of the Catalog record in further searches

e.g. find this required text in the Catalog; follow the subject headings such as American drama -- Hispanic American authors, Hispanic Americans -- Drama to more books on your topics:

Title Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. / Caridad Svich and Maria Teresa Marrero, editors
Publisher New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2000.
Subject American drama -- Hispanic American authors.
Hispanic American gays -- Drama.
American drama -- 20th century.
Hispanic Americans -- Drama.
Added Author Svich, Caridad.
Marrero, María Teresa.

Appendix II. Citing Sources

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)

Writing about Literature (handout from Writing Center at UNC.)


Chicago Style Manual

IV. More Specific and Current Discussions

A. Use the subject databases to find journal articles.

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse
JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.

3. Academic OneFile

(All subjects, including Photography; a convenient quick start; Here are some sample findings.)


4. Expand Your Search Across these subjects or separately:


ARTBibliographies Modern & International Bibliography of Art



Film, Mass Media, Music and American Cultural History

Limit Your Results

*Databases included: Film & Television Literature Index, America: History and Life, Music Index Online, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Mass Media, Women's Studies, and Race Relations.


6. Literature (including Drama and Theater) (MLA)

7. Performing Arts (IIPA for theater reviews)


8. Latin American Studies

9. HAPI (Scholarship on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States. Both English and Spanish language materials.)  

10. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

B. Find More Articles like this "perfect" one


Search, in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, for the article you have read. For example the article in your syllabus:

Ramirez, Mari Carmen. "Beyond the Fantastic, Framing Identity in United -States Exhibitions of Latin-American Art." Art Journal (U.S.A.) 51: 4 (1992), 60-68.
References: 22 Times Cited: 2

You can, then, look up, in the record, the 22 references that Mari Carmen Ramírez cited for her article and, in turn, 2 articles (so far) that cited hers. The assumption is that these articles address related issues.


1. Not every single article is cited;
2. Influential authors are cited more often;
3. More recent publications take time to be cited.


C. Fine "Literature Review"

Reviews of recent books and other types of review articles in major journals in a discipline are likely to summarize the current state of research in an area.

Examples of review of Books:

Feghali, Zalfa. "Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture (review)." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 36: 3 (Fall 2011), 219-221.


Fojas, Camilla. "Chicana Sexuality and Gender: Cultural Refiguring in Literature, Oral History and Art, and: From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture by Myra Mendible (review)." NWSA Journal 21: 3 (Fall 2009), 97-201.


Recently Published Reviews (the College Art Association )


A Few Core Journals:

The Art Bulletin.

Art History

Art Journal


Bulletin of Latin American Research

Hispanic American Historical Review


Find an electronic-journal by title

V. Popular Press


LexisNexis Academic

Factiva (more international coverage)


Boston News (Boston Globe and Local Newspapers)

Alt-press and Ethnic News


Ethnic NewsWatch 1960 -


Hispanic American Newspapers  (1808  1980)

Boston Globe (1872-1979)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)


Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)

Appendix III. Finding Full Texts

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.

Appendix IV. Request Articles/Books

Set up for your ILliad account

Use ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan Service, to request articles, books and other materials that are not available at Tufts.

Appendix I. Images


Image Quest (rights-cleared images)

Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia

New York Public Library Picture Collection

New York Public Library Web Gallery of Images American Memory
Google LIFE Photo Archive 1750s -