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María Daniela (Dani) Thurber, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Section, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division
Talía Guzmán-González, Reference Librarian and Luso-Brazilian Specialist, Hispanic Section, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division
Alda Allina Migoni, Reference Librarian, American Folklife Center
Suzanne Schadl, Chief, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division
Created: June 17, 2019
Last Updated: September 23, 2020
Welcome to the Latinx Studies Research Guide. This guide highlights resources part of the Library of Congress collections related to the history, cultures, literature, politics, experiences, and performing arts of the Latinx community in the United States. In this guide you will find links to primary sources through a curated list of collections organized by format, electronic databases to locate journals and scholarly articles, and a bibliography with links to search the Library of Congress Online Catalog.
This guide serves as a starting point to discover what the Library has to offer on topics related to Latinx Studies. To get started, 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.
"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."
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.
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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.