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La Raza Studies

This library guide provides resources for students of La Raza Studies, or anyone with an interest in the subject.

Welcome to the La Raza Studies guide!

At Contra Costa College the La Raza Studies department emphasizes comparative and trans-border study focusing on three major areas of study: historical study, contemporary social issues, and literature.Topics covered in this research guide cover these areas of coursework and include resources that support the department's goal to provide a holistic understanding of the Latinos/as and indigenous peoples' experience. Ask a Librarian if you'd like more info or need help getting started.

Aztec DancerBooks: Look here for key books in this topic area (including print books on our shelves, and electronic books you can use from home). Try these subject searches:

Articles: We've chosen a few key article databases for your topic area where you might find information in magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Videos: Want to watch something on your topic? Check out our video databases.

Internet Sources: Finding a high quality website through Google can feel frustrating. We have some evaluation tips and ideas of where you might want to start.

Careers: Explore information about careers in La Raza Studies.

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Names Matter - Hispanic | Latinx | Chicano/a | La Raza |

Students who are researching topics in the area of La Raza Studies might find it challenging, because the names and terms that are used to describe people of Latin American heritage in the United States have changed over time and continue to evolve. Some people might find the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) used in the Library Catalog (for example, Hispanic Americans) outdated and offensive when compared to terms that have been adopted more recently and are meant to be more inclusive (for example, La Raza and Latinx). This article provides a great background on what's happening when you use these different names for searching for library resources in the area of La Raza Studies. While your CCC Librarians remain committed to social responsibility along with the rest of our profession, we also possess a legacy where the very tools and systems used to promote knowledge and access to information are inevitably shaped by the biases and assumptions of the scholars who came before us.