The Borderlands Encyclopedia

http://www.utep.edu/border/

The Borderlands Encyclopediais a project of the University of Texas at El Paso, and while it doesn’t directly speak on topics of Chicana/o literature, I think it is worthy of inclusion as a background resource for readers and information professionals new to Chicano/a literature and culture. This website contains both text and audio files on a wide range of topics related to the U.S./Mexico border. The site states:

The goal of The Borderlands Encyclopedia is the design, development and implementation of a multimedia instructional resource on contemporary issues of the U.S.-Mexico border for broad-based distribution to other educational agencies utilizing the WWW and CD-ROM technologies.

 Information in the Encyclopedia is divided up according to the following categories: Culture & Media, Economics & Business, Education & Training, Family Life & Population Groups, Government & Politics, and Health & Environment. There are also links to a Spanish language version of the site, an overview of the Borderlands Encyclopedia project, and a list of related Centers & Resources.

This resource is useful to information professionals serving Chicana/o populations wishing to gain a better understanding of the issues that arise around the US/Mexico border.

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Chicano Literature Reading List

http://www.unm.edu/~english/Resources/pdf/Chicano-a%20Literature.pdf

This is posted, electronic, pdf format document listing the recommended reading list for Ph.D students in Chicana/o Literature at the University of New Mexico. The nine page document was compiled by the faculty of the Chicano Studies program at UNM. It was lasted updated in 2003, but nevertheless provides a nearly exhaustive bibliography of significan Chicano literature in the categories of Narrative (novels, autobiography), poetry, drama, anthologies, literary criticism and bibliographies.

This list is an excellent first step for anyone desiring to become well versed in Chicano literature. It can be of use to readers of Chicana/o literature looking for “what to read next” suggestions, for educators seeking quality books for teaching and for librarians and library selectors needing guidance as to how to build their collections of Chicano literature and provide readers’ advisory.

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IFLA EnglishSpanish Dictionary & Thesaurus

http://eubd1.ugr.es/tony/risweb.isa

This website contains a searchable English to Spanish and Spanish to English dictionary, a bilingual glossary of terms frequently used by IFLA, the International Federation of Library Association, and a soon-to-come bilingual thesaurus. The site was created and maintained by Granada University in Spain. The Dictionary is a general dictionary which places a stated emphasis on “library science, librarianship and library terminology.” There is also a link to a page with Spanish and English translation of significant IFLA documents.

The dictionary performed very well in several test searches.

This is an excellent reference resource for librarians interested in better serving the library needs of their Spanish-speaking patrons. It is also handy for readers of Chicano literature who need help with a Spanish word here and there.

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