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Crafting Mexico Toward Art and Literature: The Early 1920s and the Impact on Daily Life

Research Sources & Tips







Mexico and Latin America (background Information)

Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico

Journal Articles and Historical Magazine & Newspapers

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Mexico and Latin America (Background Information)


Latin America

Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture

Culture and customs of Mexico

The states of Mexico: a reference guide to history and culture / Peter Standish.

Qué modos!: usos y costumbres tenochcas / Germán Dehesa.

Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture. F1408.3 .C283 2004


II. Katherine Anne Porter and Mexico (materials at Tisch and beyond)

A. Use Library Catalogs to find books

B. Sample Searches:

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

1. Tufts Libraries Catalog

2. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

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.


Author Coffey, Mary K., 1968-
Title How a revolutionary art became official culture: murals, museums, and the Mexican state
Publisher Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Mural painting and decoration, Mexican -- 20th century.

Mural painting and decoration -- Political aspects -- Mexico.

Art and revolutions -- Mexico.



Using the method as described in the left column, I have selected a few subject browses based on readings in your syllabus:




Mexico -- Social life and customs.

Mexico -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.

Mexico -- In motion pictures.

Mexico -- In art
Mexico -- In literature
Mexico -- In mass media






Subject Browse on Katherine Anne Porter:



Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890 - 1980

-- Correspondence.

-- Criticism and Interpretation

-- Flowering Judas

-- Homes and haunts -- Texas

-- Interviews

-- Knowledge -- Mexico.

-- Knowledge -- Texas.

-- Political and social views.

-- Travel



*Particular editions of literary works provide not only the authoritative texts, but also scholarly responses to it and other information useful to understanding the text:


Porter, Katherine A, and Virginia S. Carr. Flowering Judas. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 1993.


This edition comes with Virginia Spencer Carr's introduction. It also includes Porter's own statement regarding the genesis of this highly acclaimed work, an important interview, a collection of significant essays on "Flowering Judas" and the historical, cultural, and personal milieu from which the tale evolved, a bibliography, and a chronology of Porter's life and work.


III. Journal Articles and popular Process

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press

C. Finding Full Text

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; a convenient Quick Start.



Subject-specific Databases:

4. Literature (MLA)
MLA is the principal bibliographic tool for literary studies.


5. Latin American Studies (Both English and Spanish language materials.)


6. Art Full Text    


7. America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts and Women's Studies International   

Limit Your Results


8. Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results


9. When you GoogleScholar, a limited scholarly universe; set your Scholar Preferences to access our full texts.

1. Historical:

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

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

Hispanic American Newspapers  (1808  1980)



Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)



American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)


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

Times Digital Archive (1785 - 1985)




2. Current:


Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (including Spanish Language sources)

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.


IV. Writing and Citing




A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (Writing Center at UNC.)

A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)

Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


MLA Style (for citing sources)