Chicano Studies Resources

“Aztlan,” by Emilio Aguayo (1971). Located at the Ethnic Cultural Center, University of Washington. Photo Eric Hamilton.

About this guide:

This guide helps students find print and electronic resources on topics regarding Chicano Studies. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of this guide.

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Reference Sources:

These resources are available in the Reference section of the Luria Library:

  • Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society — R 305.8 S294e
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America — R 317.3 V413
  • Dictionary of American History — R 973.03 A194d


Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Try searching with some of these keywords:

    chicano* (searches chicano or chicanos)
    mexican american women
    mexican american men
    mexican americans
    chicano* and politics
    chicano* and identity


Search for articles in these two databases. Here, you’ll find academic/peer-reviewed articles as well as newspaper and magazine articles:

Primary Sources:

Use these resources to find primary source material:

  • History Resource Center: Find primary sources in this library database. When you search for your topic, use the ADVANCED SEARCH and select PUBLICATION TYPE = PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS. Or you can select the PRIMARY SOURCES tab found in a list of results after your search.
  • Calisphere: Contains text and images from California history and culture.
  • American Memory Project from the Library of Congress: This resource provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.


Finding good websites for college research can be difficult and time-consuming. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources to evaluate any websites you find.

Additional Information on the Web

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How to Cite


Chicago citation style is commonly used in the humanities, especially for history research papers. The following resources will help you construct Chicago-style citations: