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MAS 219 - Downtown (Sepulveda) Mexican-American Culture: General References

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General Reference sources...

1. Are used in the early stages of research to provide background information.

2. Give you the essential facts and concepts to understand material written by experts.

3. Focused on well-established knowledge.

4. Present controversies in an objective and balanced way.

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Suggested terms

The following is a list of common search terms related to Mexican-American studies that you may use to generate ideas for your research.

    • Mexican American
    • Chicano
    • Border culture
    • Affirmative action
    • Bilingualism
    • Bilingual education
    • Biculturalism
    • Bracero Program
    • La Causa
    • Discrimination
    • La Raza Unida

    Also take a look at the online anthropology books on the right.  They have many more ideas for research areas you could focus on.

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    Reference Databases

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    • The online reference databases below are especially great starting points for your research on the history and culture of the Mexican-American in the Southwest: