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Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS): A Resource Guide

Understanding the Record Display

In HLAS Web, there are two ways to look at individual HLAS records: Full Record and MARC Tags. Full Record is the default display. This section will help you understand the information and labels that appear on the Full Record display.

HLAS Record Display

Author, Title, and Publishing Information will be shown at the top of the display in the Primary Bibliographic Information box.

Full Record displays also include:

  • Search Navigation: The button at the top-left of the page allows you to refine your search or return to the title list. Refining your search allows you to return to the original search and make changes, including adding or deleting limits. Returning to the title list will return to a display of your complete results.
  • Previous and Next Record: The navigational arrows located to the right of Search Navigation allow you to move record by record through your search results.
  • Type of Material: The icons in the upper right show the type of material: book, article, electronic resource, etc.
  • MARC Tags: The alternative display tab located above the Primary Bibliographic Information box in Full Record display will toggle to a MARC tag view.
  • HLAS Annotation: The annotation is a brief description of the item written by HLAS Contributing Editors.
  • Links: If available, this field contains links to full text, cross references (such as similar works or works by the same author), related web sites, or to publisher descriptions and/or tables of contents.
  • Additional Record Metadata: Below the Primary Bibliographic Information box, you'll find additional information about the item. This information, as well as the information inside the box, is referred to as "metadata." You may see some or all of the following metadata fields:
    • HLAS Subjects, HLAS Contributing Editor, HLAS topic/discipline code, and cross-references to related HLAS items.
    • LC Subjects, ISBN/ISSN information, LC classification numbers, and a link to the item record in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  • HLAS Permalink: The permalink is a persistent link to the HLAS record.
    • Note: Copy or save the permalink to return to the record page. Do not copy or save the URL in the search bar--it will not link back to the record.
  • Print, Save, Email, Cite: The print, save, email, or cite options allow you to preserve your results in a variety of formats. Records can also be exported in MARCXML and MODS formats.
  • Report Errors, Ask A Librarian, HLAS Feedback: These links, found at the bottom of the right column on each page, allow you to send a question, comment, or correction.

Accessing Full-Text Sources

HLAS includes thousands of links to open-access, full-text sources. Look for links to full text in the Full Record display below the annotation.

If you're searching HLAS Web on site at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Find It button will locate digital versions of books and book chapters, conference proceedings and conference papers, journal issues, and journal articles that are available through the Library's subscription resources. (This button will also link from an HLAS Web book record to an LC Catalog record. On-site users can then request the book using their reader's card.) The button appears in the primary bibliographic information box after the Author, Title, and Publishing information and will open a new window with several options for additional searching and discovery.

If you're off site and your institution subscribes to full-text databases, you can link to digital versions of books and articles and related web resources through HLAS Online using the OpenURL feature. (Your institution will have to set up their link resolver.) If you cannot find the text of the source online, check with your local public or college/university library.