Google Books allows you to search within the contents of books in ways a traditional library catalog cannot. This it a good way to locate a specific chapter or reference within a book that is useful to your research. When you find a good book on your topic, be sure to check NUsearch to see if Northwestern owns a copy of it.
UBorrow allows you to search for and request an item in real time from nearby CIC institutions with a guaranteed 12-week loan if NUL does not own it or it is currently checked out.
Feel free to suggest a purchase, too!
Probably the best way to approach searching for books in NUsearch is to start with a keyword search.
Your searches for books can be aided by using subject headings in addition to keywords. The main Library of Congress subject heading that refers to U.S. Latinos is Hispanic Americans. This heading will work for searching NUsearch, as well as the library catalog at the University of Chicago, WordCat and other catalog systems. For books on citizens of Latin American countries in the U.S. try using Latin Americans --United States.
Since the focus of your class is on Latinos in the Midwest, you might try geographic sub-headings to help find books about Latinos in the region such as:
The broader Hispanic Americans heading can be further subdivided by topical sub-headings such as:
You can also approach specific Latino ethnic and gender communities:
Or even Latin Americans in the United States, such as:
You can request items from Chicago campus libraries be sent up to an Evanston campus library directly through NUsearch!
To place your request from the item record in NUsearch, simply click on the “Sign in to request” link next to the item, log in to your account, and follow the instructions.