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Latinx Studies: Library of Congress Resources

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching LatinX Studies, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and research strategies.

Introduction

Welcome to the US Latina(o)/Latinx Studies Research Guide. This guide highlights resources in the Library of Congress related to the history, literature, politics, and performing arts of the Latinx community in the United States. In this guide you will find links to digitized primary sources through a curated list of collections based on format, databases to locate journals or scholarly articles, and a print bibliography with links to search the Library of Congress Online Catalog.

This guide serves as a starting point to discover collection items on topics related to Latinx history and experience. Click on links or images throughout this guide's pages to quickly access more information or review the Research Strategies page for tips to search within the Library's catalog and digital collections to get started.

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Have you heard of the term Latinx?

"Latinx intends to describe the in-between space in which Latinx live, which allows us to cross racial boundaries more easily and construct identities, or self-images, that include a wide variety of racial, national, and even gender-based identification."

—Ed Morales
Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture

Latinx is a gender-neutral term that has gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to the gendered forms of Latina, Latino, or even [email protected]. The Library of Congress actively collects materials in various formats that document the history and culture of the US Latina(o)/Latinx community.

What do you think of this term? Is it an appropriate, more inclusive term to describe a complex and multi-cultural community? Or do you find it difficult to use and include it in context? Let us know what you think by submitting a message through Ask a Librarian.

About the Hispanic Reading Room

The Hispanic Reading Room is the primary access point for research related to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.