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The Latino Presence in Art and Visual Culture

Research Sources & Tips







Contexts and Images

Reserves and Books

Scholarly Journal and Magazine/Newspaper Articles

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Contexts and Images

Definitions and Overviews



Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (Published in conjunction with the exhibition mentioned above)

Grove Art Online (now part of Oxford Art Online)


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

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

Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers



Art Museums

New York Public Library Picture Collection

New York Public Library Web Gallery of Images


II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

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

1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalogs

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

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.



Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. / Caridad Svich and Maria Teresa Marrero, editors


New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2000.


American drama -- Hispanic American authors.

Hispanic American gays -- Drama.

American drama -- 20th century.

Hispanic Americans -- Drama.

Added Author

Svich, Caridad.

Marrero, María Teresa.

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




5. Advanced Keyword search, limiting to books:



on the topic of "Latino Film":


Material Type:

6. 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


III. Journal Articles and More

A. Subject Databases:

B. Searching Tips:

C. Finding Full Text



2. Project Muse


Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


3. Search across these three databases: Academic Search Premier, Art Full Text and Women's Studies International.  

Limit Your Results


4. Search Across these subjects or separately:

ARTBibliographies Modern, International Bibliography of Art, Latin American Studies


5. 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.)  


6. Dissertations & Theses


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


1. 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.


2. 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 )


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.


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


D. Popular Press:




LexisNexis Academic

Factiva (more international coverage)

Alt-press and Ethnic News



Ethnic NewsWatch 1960 -




Latin American Newspapers Series 1, 1805-1922 (45 newspapers)

Latin American Newspapers Series 2, 1822-1922 (250 additional titles)

Hispanic American Newspapers  (1808  1980)



American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)

Boston Globe (1872-1979)

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

Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)



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

Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)


IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet. Oversize: N7476 .B37 2011

Writing the Art History paper (UNC Writing Program)



Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual