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LATINA/O STUDIES: SUBJECT GUIDE: Primary Sources

Research starting points for Latina/o Studies

Spanish-language Films

Collins Library includes a growing collection of Spanish-language cinema on DVD.  You also can request DVDs from SUMMIT and interlibrary loan.

Browse the Spanish-language film collection via Puget Sound Primo Search!

Immigrant Nation (film)

Spanish-language Magazines

Proceso magazine

Collins Library subscribes to the print format of some popular Spanish-language magazines.  Current issues can be found in the reading room on the first floor. Past issues are located downstairs in the periodical collection, organized alphabetically by title.

The magazine collection includes:

  • Proceso
  • Cuadernos Americanos

Featured Resources

Primary Sources in Latina/o Studies

What you will use as primary sources in Latina/o Studies will depend on the context of your assignment:

  • An assignment on some aspect of the Latina/o experience could use art or film as primary sources. 
  • An assignment for a Latina/o literature class would use literary texts as primary sources. 
  • A class on contemporary popular Latin American or Latina/Latino culture could use current magazines or newspapers.

Enjoy exploring the various resources on this page!

ARTstor & Latina/o Studies

Artstor logo

Visual materials, including images, are examples of primary sources. There are many image collections in ARTstor that are pertinent to Latina/o Studies, including the Languages and Literature featured group which "highlights Artstor content related to languages and literature, including images of renowned authors and depictions of literary themes and characters, as well as contextual images that enhance understanding of the time periods and cultures shaping literary production."

Learn more about ARTstor collections relevant to Languages and Literature and Latin American Studies.

Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections

The Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary source material for the research and teaching use of our students, faculty, and staff.  In addition to documenting life at the University, the collections represent regional, national and international issues. 

If you would like assistance researching primary sources in the Archives & Special Collections, please contact archives@pugetsound.edu or you can browse a small selection of photographs, historical documents, digitized collections, and archival collections online.

Historical News

Contemporary News

What's a primary source?

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information.  Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions. Examples of primary sources vary by discipline.

Examples in the humanities:

  • a novel
  • a painting
  • a theatre performance

Examples in the social sciences:

  • a political, social, or economic theory
  • a dataset
  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

Example in the sciences:

  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

Archives & Special Collections Hours

The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.

Set up an appointment: We are open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, email archives@pugetsound.edu

Stop by during Drop-In Hours: We also have drop-in hours Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Appointments are not required during drop-in hours.

We look forward to assisting you!

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
email: kcurtis@pugetsound.edu
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office: Collins Library 140

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