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Chicanx / Latinx Studies

"Nuestra Tierra" by Malaquias Montoya       



Chicanx / Latinx Studies



"Nuestra Tierra" by Malaquias Montoya. 

Used with permission from Leslie Salkowitz-Montoya. 

For more about the artist and his work,






WHAT'S ON THIS PAGE?  See the column on the left under Home.

The majority of this page provides you access to free quality electronic resources to City College students

as well as some that are free to all.  

Find out more about the Chicano Studies Program at San Diego City College

Notable Chicanx / Latinx People: a small sample

A list of notable Chicanx / Latinx Americans is far too extensive to be included here.  Below are just a few you may be interested in knowing that are not necessarily famous.  A very small sampling:


Websites - free access - See San Diego and California specific resources below

San Diego and California Specific website:

  • Calisphere   From the University of California " is a gateway to digital collections from California's great libraries, archives, and museums. Discover over 1,725,000 images, texts, and recordings—and counting."
  • Chicano Park, San Diego
  • The Ku Klux Klan in San Diego 1920-1980
  • The Lemon Grove Incident: Roberto Alvarez vs. the Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District [1931], was the first successful school desegregation court decision in the history of the United States."

Note: Check with your professor about the kind of resources acceptable for your paper or project.

Videos and clips: Films on Demand and Swank for City College Students

Videos and Clips

Access to City College streaming videos is through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Sort by Resource type or scroll down to Films on Demand, Swank, National Theatre Collection, Kanopy, or Film Platform.
  • Films on Demand provides access to video collection for over 38,500 full-length videos and 310,000+ video clips in a variety of subject areas.  
  • Swank provides access to over 290 feature films from major Hollywood studios and producers.
  • If on campus, you may view DVDs in the Library.  Find the DVD you want via our catalog, SDCCD Books+, on the home page.  Pick up the DVD from the Circulation Counter and take it to R105 (downstairs) to view.  Faculty can take DVDs home for a week.

E-Books for City College Student

E-Books from our Databases

From our database page, scroll down to Gale e-Books and you will be able to search many quality encyclopedias all at once or individually including but NOT LIMITED TO

Documents of the Chicano Movement

An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History

Encyclopedia of U.S.- Latin American Relations 

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature

History of Latinos : Exploring Diverse Roots

E-Books from our Library catalog

To search for e-books in City College Library Catalog, start on our home page.

  • Click Advanced Search
  • Click SDCCD Books+
  • Type in your search term(s) like Chicano
  • Press SEARCH
  • Now Refine your Search Results appears in the left column
  • Click on Available Online


  • Print books are also accessed via the process above.  To find it, note the campus (City, Mesa or Miramar) and the call number.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help.
  • Do NOT refine your search by clicking on City College.  This seems to omit many books to which you have access
  • FYI your username is your 10 digit ID number and your password is your last name.

Article Databases

For City College Students: Access databases containing articles from newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed scholarly journals through our home page.

  • Click on A-Z Databases
  • Scroll down for a quick look at the topics in each database. Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete is a robust database with articles on just about everything and is often a good place to start.
  • Some databases include articles from journals magazines and newspapers as well as books.  If you are unsure what kind of resource you have, ask us on 24/7 chat on our home page or ask your instructor.
  • The databases that say they include “scholarly or peer reviewed” resources may also contain popular resources.  If so, it is likely you will find a way to limit to either the scholarly/peer reviewed sources or the popular sources.
  • Choose a database and use its Advance Search
  • Use your topic terms and alternative terms when searching.  For example, if you are interested in
    • border issues, you may search terms like boundary disputes, border crossing,  or geographical boundaries
    • immigration, you may search terms like Mexico Unites States relations, emigration, immigrants, or migrants
    • To find a term in both its singular and plural form, add an * to its singular form (e.g. Black* or African American*

Specific Databases of Interest (Access these and explore the 65+ other databases such as and JStor and Academic Search Complete via the A-Z databases link on the library's home page.)

  • American History and Life ("History and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.")
  • Hispanic Life in America ("Sourced from nearly 20,000 American and global newspapers from 1704 to the present, including nearly 450 Hispanic American newspapers. Updated daily.")
  • Ethnic NewsWatch ("Articles from ethnic, minority and native press publications.")

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Get help finding the books and articles you need via 24/7 chat or set up an in-person or zoom one-on-one or small groups with a librarian.

When open, come by the City College Library (R Building) and discuss what you need with a faculty-librarian at the Information Desk (reference).  Or call us at 619-388-3288.

Learn how to do research.  From the Library's homepage, click on Research Guides and then scroll down to

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