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Hispanic Heritage Websites

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
    September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month Don't miss this amazing resource from the Library of Congress.
  • Famous Hispanic Inventors
    Biographies of famous Latin or Hispanic inventors from the Latin world; countries of origin include: Argentina, Cuba, Spain, United States and Venezuela.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies
    The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars; considered to be a major research tool for Latin American studies.
  • Hispanic Heritage Biographies
    This site from Gale Cengage provides fifty biographies of notable Hispanic Americans, from explorers to political figures to celebrities.
  • Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
    LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America.
  • Notable Hispanic Americans
    This site, from Infoplease, offers short biographical sketches of Hispanic-Americans from all walks of life.
  • PEW Hispanic Center
    Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.
  • Smithsonian Latino Center
    The Smithsonian Latino Center celebrates Latino culture, spirit, and achievement in America.


La sesion cubana [sound recording] / - Zucchero
Zucchero, the wanderer who roams through music scores, stopped in Cuba for recording sessions with the best native musicians to produce a record that is not only typically Cuban, but also reaches the very roots of American music.

Vida [compact disc] / - Draco Rosa
Sung in Spanish.
Performed by Robi Draco Rosa.


Recursos Electronicos en Espanol

Informe:Provides full text of popular Hispanic magazines.


 Referencia Latina: Spanish-language database, which offers content encyclopedias, Spanish-English dictionary, images; and health reports.


Salud en Español:Provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness.


Facts about Hispanics in the U.S.


Hispanic Culture and Heritage

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The Latino Americans: The 500-year legacy that shaped a nation - Ray Suarez
This companion book to the PBS documentary series "Latino Americans" tells the varied history of Latinos, who have helped to shape our nation and have become the largest minority in the U.S. Acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez explores the lives of Latino Americans over a five-hundred-year span, encompassing a broad range of experiences from the early European settlements to Manifest Destiny; the Great Depression to globalization; and the Spanish-American War to the civil rights movement.

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Poder de mujer : descubre quién eres para crear el éxito a tu medida / - Mariela Dabbah
As Latinas, there are certain roadblocks that get in the way of our success that we may not even be aware of. This book will help you recognize them, as well as get past them, in order to achieve your goals. The first half of Poder de Mujer exposes these buried aspects of our culture that can slow you down, while the second half provides guidance on controlling your emotions without losing your passion, the art of negotiating, the secrets of networking, and the importance of finding people who support you .

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From Indians to Chicanos - James Diego Vigil
Anthropologist-historian James Diego Vigil distills an enormous amount of information to provide a perceptive introduction to the Mexican-American experience in the United States. He uses brief, clear outlines of each stage of Mexican-American history, charting the culture change sequences in the Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, Mexican Independence and Nationalism, and Anglo-American and Mexicanization periods. The richly illustrated Third Edition incorporates data from the latest literature; in addition, a new chapter updates discussions of immigration, institutional discrimination, the Mexicanization of the Chicano population, and issues of gender, labor, and education.

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What Is la Hispanidad? - Ilan Stavans; Iván Jaksic
In this lively, provocative book, two distinguished intellectuals, a cultural critic and a historian, engage in a series of probing conversations in which they try to discern the nature of la hispanidad and debate whether any such shared identity binds the world's nearly half billion people who are "Hispanic." Along the way, they discuss a series of intriguing topics, including the complicated relationship between Latin America and the United States, Spanish language and the uses of Spanglish, complexities of race and ethnicity, nineteenth-century struggles for nationhood and twentieth-century identity politics, and popular culture from literary novels to telenovelas.


Hispanic Biographies

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Mi Mundo Adorado - Sonia Sotomayor
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. Now she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that provides an inspirational testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

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Rita Moreno: a memoir - Rita Moreno
In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from impoverished Puerto Rican girl to Hollywood legend--and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood. Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen--and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age --she worked alongside such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Lana Turner. Rita, who was made over as the "Latina Liz Taylor" by MGM head Louis B. Mayer, became an instant sensation. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood's racial and sexual barriers, and to become the person she really is.

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Contemporary Hispanic Biography - Ashyia N. Henderson
Provides informative biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of Latino heritage who form the international Hispanic community. Covers persons of various nationalities in a wide variety of fields, including art, music and literature to science, politics and business.



Don't miss the Spanish language DVDs in the foreign language films!

G-dog [videodisc]
Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest, has spent 25 years in the toughest part of East LA, offering jobs not jail, to tough, street-smart young people, all former gang members. Father Boyle 'd Homeboy Industries has become the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the U.S.

Lost in translation [videodisc] : Latinos, schools and society
The Latino dropout rate in the United States is 2.5 times higher than that of blacks and 3.5 times than that of whites. Why do so many young Latinos drop out? John Merrow explores the complex answer involving language problems, inadequate resources, lack of opportunities, poverty and the lure of the street.

Famous Hispanic Americans [videodisc]
The Hispanic culture thriving in music, art, fashion, sports, science, medicine, and government. Famous Hispanic Americans takes a look at the people who are in the news, in the movies, hitting home runs, and inventing new cures for diseases. Learn how baseball legend Roberto Clemente, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, journalist Geraldo Rivera, movie star Jennifer Lopez, musician Carlos Santana, have all made their marks as Hispanics in America.


Latino Authors and Literature

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Modern Latin American literature : a very short introduction - Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
Modern Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of Latin American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present. Roberto González Echevarría covers a wide range of topics, highlighting how Latin American literature became conscious of its continental scope and international reach in moments of political crisis, such as independence from Spain, the Spanish-American War, and the Mexican and Cuban revolutions.

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The Routledge concise history of Latino/a literature - Frederick Aldama
The Routledge Concise History of Latino/a Literature presents the first comprehensive overview of these diverse literary cultures. Frederick Luis Aldama traces a historical path through Latino/a literature, examining both the historical and political contexts of the works, as well as their authors and the readership.

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Gabriel García Márquez : una vida
Check out this biography as well as some of his best works in both English and Spanish including: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, News of a Kidnapping and Strange Pilgrims.

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Reading Julia Alvarez - Alice Trupe
ISBN: 9780313383953
Reading Julia Alvarez reviews the author's acclaimed writings, exploring both the works and the woman behind them. The guide opens with a brief biography that includes the saga of the Alvarez family's flight from the Dominican Republic when Julia was ten, and carries her story through the philanthropic organic coffee farm that she and her husband now operate in that nation.
The heart of the book is a broad overview of Alvarez's literary achievements, followed by chapters that discuss individual works and a chapter on her poetry.

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Sandra Cisneros : inspiring Latina author - Karen Clemens Warrick
Discusses the life of Latina author Sandra Cisneros, including her childhood in Chicago, her path to becoming an accomplished author, and her work in the Latino community.


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