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To get immediate help, use the Library’s Ask-Us-Now page which has recently been redesigned in light of the critical need for online and timely information.

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I am very happy to try to acquire print or e-versions of desired materials, including high-use materials assigned in classes.  IF YOU KNOW OF TITLES YOU WANT – ESPECIALLY EBOOKS TO INCREASE ACCESS RIGHT NOW -- please email me directly!  Likewise, our Film Librarian is very busy working to acquire online (streamable) versions of films.  If you need these materials for course use, please submit through Course Reserves.

For less urgent requests -- or to ensure that I will receive 2 messages about the item, use the Recommend a Purchase Form.



Using UC Library Search (which combines the UC-Wide and UC-Specific library catalogs) to find books, articles, and other resources is explored in more depth on other tabs/pages of this guide, such as use to Beginning Your Research in Latin American Studies (especially the information regarding Search Strategies found by scrolling down to the bottom of the page) and Finding Books


Related Research Guides

Many other UCSD Research Guides also point to relevant resources.  Check out the guides listed under Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Government Information, International Studies, and Latin American Studies to name a few.  The following may be particularly helpful for their subject content or given the focus on virtual services and tools at this time:

Mexican Studies

Latin American Studies Online

Human Rights

International Migration Studies

U.S.-Mexico Border Planning tab on the USP 186/187: Senior Sequence guide.

Data Science and Data Services

GIS & Geospatial Technologies, which provides GIS tutorials, data, books, course-specific GIS guides and other geospatial related information that might be of interest and access to our GIS Librarian, Amy Work.

Film, Video and Streaming Collections, which provides significant information about accessing streaming film content and using it in instruction

Resources for Teaching Online

Copyright (including page on Copyright in Times of Crisis: Covid-19)

Additional Research Guides which are particularly helpful given the focus on virtual services and tools at this time include:

Resources for Teaching Online

Copyright (including page on Copyright in Times of Crisis: Covid-19)


General Library Info


This research guide is intended to help students and researchers of US-Mexican Border Studies of all levels and in many disciplines. It lists general resources related to Latin American Studies, including books, journals, and online resources available at UCSD and within the broader UC Library System.

Use the tabs to navigate this guide, and be sure to scroll down to see the content on each page.  

Click on the tab "Beginning Your Research in US-Mexican Border Studies" to identify key, specialized resources which provide excellent starting points for many topics on US-Mexican Border (and in some cases Latin American) Studies.  Please also email me if you have additional research questions, would like to set up a research consultation, or have other suggested resources to include in this guide.

For learning or practicing Spanish, Mango Languages, offered via the UCSD LInguistics Department is a great online resource.

KPBS News, Feb 27, 2015: Nearly 1,500 students from San Diego County and Tijuana came together on Thursday to share one message: "Unite Por El Mar," which translates to "Unite for the Sea."

Map of the US-Mexican Border Region:

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Off Campus Access to Library Resources


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Sarah Buck Kachaluba
Geisel Library (west wing)

UCSD Centers and Institutes Focusing in part on Border Studies