Chicana/o Studies

The Irene and Jorge Garcia Collection

The Irene and Jorge Garcia Collection consists of more than 3,500 books, pamphlets, videos, and music CDs.  The collection focuses on Chicana/o Studies and includes titles on Pre-Columbian Indigeonous Peoples, Latin American literature and culture, bilingual children's books, art and music, California and Ventura County history, and more.

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WorldCat and InterLibrary Loan

If you cannot find anything through the OneSearch Catalog, search items worldwide using WorldCat. Use InterLibrary Loan to request books that Broome Library does not own.  You can also check the status of your requests from their page.

The Stefano Varese Collection

The Stefano Varese Collection contains books on Mixtec and indigenous peoples of Latin America.

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OneSearch Catalog

The OneSearch Catalog allows you to search for items at Broome Library and across the CSU system.

Chicana/o Studies Journals

Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, and seeks ways to bring Chicano Studies into critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies.

Latino Studies

An international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal aimed at advancing Latina/o scholarship, research, and dialogue.

Voces: A Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies

A journal published by Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), an organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and the community to support Chicana/Latina and Native American women's issues.


A peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University in Chicago. Covers Latin American, U.S. Latino, and indigenous experiences.

Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Peer-reviewed academic journal with articles in the humanities and social sciences reflecting developments in the field of Puerto Rican Studies.

Latin American Perspectives

A scholarly journal covering the politics of the Americas.

Journal of Latinos & Education

Covers educational issues that impact Latinos.

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed

Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.

Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.

While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

Databases for Chicana/o Studies

Academic Search Premier

An interdisciplinary database with newspaper, magazine, and scholarly articles from more than 8,000 journals.


A historical database with journals from across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR does not include items published within the last 3-5 years.

Sage Journals

A database with journals covering the humanities, social sciences, and technology.

Project MUSE

Contains articles from humanities and social sciences journals.

Latino Literature

Contains poetry, fiction, and plays written in English and Spanish by Chicana/o, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latina/o authors working in the United States. Also includes unpublished materials and Chicano folktales.

Latin American Women Writers

Includes prose, poetry, and drama composed by women writing in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Ethnic NewsWatch

A full-text database with articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native publications in both English and Spanish.


Contains articles from 1970 to present on gender roles, women's and family studies, and the LGBT+ community.

Databases in Other Disciplines


Contains publications including journals, books, bulletins, and newsletters in anthropology.

Digital Dissertations

Full-text theses and dissertations from more than 1,000 North American and European universities from 1997 to present.


An education database with more than 1,000 journals, research reports, technical reports, curriculum and teaching guides, and conference papers.

ProQuest Education

An education database with more than 900 publications covering educational topics for primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as special education, home schooling, and adult education.


A psychology database with articles, book chapters, and dissertations in the behavioral and social sciences.

Sociological Abstracts

A sociology database with journal articles, abstracts, and book reviews.

Social Services Abstracts

Covers current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Museum of Ventura County Research Library

Museum of Ventura County Research Library

The Museum of Ventura County Research Library's collection includes more than 140,000 items relating to Ventura County history. The Research Library is open to the public, however the materials do not circulate.

100 E. Main Street Ventura, CA 93001


Sanchez children pose in front of their home in Fillmore, CA. c. 1921

Primary Sources Online

Bracero History Archive

Oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero Program, 1942-1964.

Calisphere's California Cultures - Hispanic Americans

Digital exhibitions with lesson plans that follow the history of Hispanic Americans from Spanish colonization to the present.

Farmworker Movement Documentation Project

Images, music, oral histories, poetry, manuscripts, and essays written by farmworker strikers and volunteers from 1962-1993.

Institute of Oral History

Collection of oral histories with an emphasis on the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez region and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Latinas in History

An interactive website that combines historical information, audio/visual materials, timelines, and primary and secondary sources to tell the stories of Latina leaders.

Mexican American Civil Rights

Collection of oral histories from Mexican American social activists.

Tejano Voices

Collection of oral histories that reflect the history of the Tejano community.

Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive

Collection of Mexican American and Chicana/o oral histories.

VOCES: The U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project

An oral history project that documents the contributions of Latina/os in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Primary Source Databases

American History, 1493-1945

Correspondence, diaries, government documents, books, newspapers, photographs, maps, and business records from the times of the earliest settlers to the end of WWII.

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Manuscripts, books, photographs, newspapers, treaties, speeches, diaries, travel journals and historic maps dating from the earliest contact with European settlers to the mid-twentieth century.

American West

Books, journals, historic maps, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, and sketches from the early eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Confidential Print: Latin America

Documents addressing domestic politics, external relations, and social change during the 1830s to the 1960s from all countries of mainland South and Central America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

Women and Social Movements in the United States

Documents covering the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.


Broome Library Chicana/o Studies Digital Collections

Broome Library's Institutional Repository contains digitized campus documents and digitized items from the library's archives and special collections. The collections below pertain to Chicana/o Studies. You can also browse all collections or Broome Library's digital collections.


Southern California Chicano Cultural Collections

An umbrella under which you will find resources relating to the Chicana/o experience in the Gold Coast, Los Angeles, Southern California, and the United States.

Con Safos

Con Safos is a journal created by Chicana/os commenting on the experience of being Chicana/o in the United States. Consists of poetry, essays, cartoons, and drawings.

Irene & Jorge Garcia Chicana/o Studies Collection

Dr. Jorge Garcia led the Chicana/o Studies Program at CSU Northridge and donated his book and journal collection to Broome Library. 

Dr. José Alamillo Chicana/o Studies Collection

Dr. Alamillo, coordinator of the Chicana/o Studies Program at CI has identified primary and secondary sources that relate to Ventura County's Chicana/o History.

La Voz de la Colonia

La Voz de la Colonia was a Spanish language newspaper published in Santa Paula, CA. Currently, Broome Library has digitized and posted issues from 1928-1932, with more to come.

Dr. Jennie Luna Chicana/o Studies Collection

Dr. Luna, Faculty in the Chicana/o Studies Program at CI, drew from her personal collection of primary and secondary sources representing the Chicana/o experience, with particular attention to Northern California.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964

Bittersweet Harvest was the name of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit hosted by CI, and is the moniker to which we assign all Bracero related research materials. You will find oral histories, images, and text relating to the Bracero experience in Ventura County and the United States.

CI Bracero Student Scholarship

For information on the CI Bracero Student Scholarship, contact Jose Delgado, Scholarship Coordinator at or 805-437-3636.

Writing Resources

Chicana/o Studies Writing Guide

University Writing and Multiliteracy Center

Print Style Manuals at Broome Library

Print copies of style guides can be found at the Reference Desk.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

The Chicago Manual of Style

MLA Handbook

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Online Guides

How to Cite Sources

Citing Images (from the University of Cincinnati)

Ethical Use of Information

Historical Newspapers

Access World News

Newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, and web-only content from news media worldwide.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Contains more than 50,000 newspaper issues from 1846-present.

California Eagle

African-American newspaper published from 1879-1964.

Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980)

La Opinión Newspaper (Archives) and La Opinión Newspaper (1992-present)

Spanish-language daily newspaper from Los Angeles, CA.

La Voz de la Colonia

An independent, Spanish-language newspaper published in Santa Paula, CA between 1927-1931.

Latin American Newspaper Series 1 (1805-1922)

Latin American Newspaper Series 2 (1822-1922)

Los Angeles Sentinel Historic (1934-2005)

Los Angeles Times Historical (1881-1985)

New York Times Historical (1851-2002)

Newspaper Archive

Includes more than 3,000 local, national, and international newspapers that date back as far as the 1790s.

Sacramento Bee (1857-1979, 1984-present)

San Francisco Chronicle (1869-1984, 1985-present)