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Why Use Reference?
Reading about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia, dictionary, or handbook may be one of the most effective and time saving research tips. These resources can help you define unfamiliar terms, understand the parameters of current debate in a particular area and provide you with a preliminary bibliography on the subject. Listed here are a few sources to get you started.
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Unless otherwise stated, these selected general anthropology reference sources are available in print only. Click on the title to get to the catalog record.
Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
Call Number: Reference F1406 .E515 2000 Volumes 1-3
This three-volume Encyclopedia offers more than 4000 entries on all aspects of the contemporary cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. "Culture" is broadly defined to include food, sport, religion, television, transport, alongside architecture, dance, film, literature, music and sculpture.
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Call Number: Reference F1406 .E53 1996 Volumes 1-5
A reference set that presents current knowledge of the region in 5,287 alphabetical, signed entries which cover the history, culture, and related persons (nearly 3,000) and places broadly to reflect the experience and understanding of Latin Americans of all classes (the cultural entries, for example, include phenomena ranging from cuisines to religions to sports and popular entertainments).