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Library Guide for Torres’ His 33

25 January 2010




Reference resources are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need to obtain passwords from the library with your current student i.d.

CREDO : an online database that provides online access to over 300 reference books including:

  • Encyclopedia of North American Indians
  • Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History
  • Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century

HISTORY REFERENCE CENTER available via EBSCO offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.


NETLIBRARY provides online access to over 10,000 books. To access these books from off campus you will need to create a username and password using a computer on-campus or you can email Josh Boatright at and request that he create an account for you.
Some of the  books on Native Americans and Mayans available via NetLibrary include:

  • The Voice in the Margin: Native American Literature and the Canon
  • Historical Dictionary of Native American Movements
  • Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Indigenous Worldviews
  • Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women
  • Native American Issues: A Reference Handbook
  • The Tutor’d Mind: Indian Missionary-writers in Antebellum America
  • Reading the Voice: Native American Oral Poetry On the Page
  • Dictionary of Native American Literature
  • A to Z of American Indian Women
  • American Indian Reference and Resource Books for Children and Young Adults
  • The Massacre At Sand Creek: Narrative Voices
  • Heart of Heaven, Heart of Earth, and Other Mayan Folktales
  • Voices From Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History
  • Chocolate Tree: a Mayan Folktale
  • The Maya World: Yucatec Culture and Society, 1550-1850


For articles on Native American or Mayan subjects there are a number of EBSCO databases that may be useful for your research:

ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER provides full-text access to more than 4,600 interdisciplinary journals.

NEWSPAPER SOURCE provides cover-to-cover full text for 35 national & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.

ETNIC NEWSWATCH: Covers current issues and events discussed from the viewpoints and perspectives of various ethnic groups and races. Includes full text access to magazines, newspapers, and research journals not in other databases. 

Magill On Literature Plus (Ebsco): includes all the literary works, reviewed critical analyses and brief plot summaries that are included in MagillOnLiterature, as well as all the biographies and author essays included in MagillOnAuthors.

Points of View Reference Center (Ebsco): designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. Students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.


ARTSTOR is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. To access ARTstor from off campus you will need to create a username and password using a computer on-campus or you can email Josh Boatright at and request that he create an account for you.


To search the library’s holdings use the library catalog.  If you wish to browse the collection, Browsing the stacks can help you evaluate a library’s collection in a given field of study. For public libraries using the Dewey Decimal System, books whose primary subject is business is found in the 650 call number range.  The BCC Library along with most academic libraries in the united states use Library of Congress call numbers to arrange its collection.  The  Library of Congress call numbers beginning with E-F contain works relevant to History of the Americas.  For a break down of the subjects that are covered in these call number ranges please use the following link:

Sample Interent Resources

FAMSI The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies created to foster increased understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures.  Includes links to books, videos, photographs, etc.

General Websites

Specific Aspects

If you have trouble finding the resources for your research, please don’t hesitate to come see a librarian in the library who is there to assist you in identifying and finding the resources you need or feel free to email Josh Boatright, , if you wish assistance via email.

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