Welcome to your History 356 course guide for Latin American history! You may explore the various links on the left side of this page to find books, ebooks, journal articles, and more resources essential to successful research.
As no guide will include every possible resource you need for your specific topic, do not hesitate to reach out for help from me or your professor. You see my contact information to the right with email and chat options. If you have a complex question or need to search multiple resources, we will set up an appointment via Zoom.
We may be doing everything remotely but that should not stop you from finding the primary and secondary sources essential to a good project.
Key Concepts that apply to all history research:
A primary source is an original source created at the time of the event by someone who participated in the event or directly observed it.
Example: A photograph dated 1911 of women soldiers of the Mexican Revolution is a primary source since the photograph was taken during the Revolution.
A secondary source is created afterward, often to analyze and interpret the past. Secondary sources often use primary sources as a resource.
Example: A woodcut of Adelitas (women revolutionaries) created in 2010, while it may look old, is not primary and should not be used. The only time the woodcut could be used as a primary source would be if you were writing a paper on the modern representation of women who fought during that war. This would be a paper on how memory alters or romanticizes the past and as that is not the point of this project in this class, so do not use it.