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Chicano Studies: Websites

Research guide for Chicano Studies

Primary Sources

Bracero History Archive
Oral histories and other items from the Bracero Program, 1942-1964.

Farmworker Movement Documentation Project
Images, oral histories, essays, and more from farmworker strikers and volunteers from 1962-1993.

Latinas in History
Website with timelines, audio and visual materials, and other resources to tell the history of Latina leaders.

VOCES: The U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project
Oral histories from Latina/os in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Museum of Ventura County Research Library
Contains books, maps, historical records, oral histories, and more pertaining to the history of Ventura County. The library is open to the public, but items are in-library use only.

Demographics, Statistics, and Data

Explore Census Data (Formerly American FactFinder)
From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides access to data from a variety of surveys and censuses.

U.S. Census Bureau
Find detailed data from the U.S. Census Bureau surveys and censuses. Search by topics, geography, and more.

National Center for Education Statistics
Access data and statistics from national assessments, school surveys, and more.  Includes Pre-K through post-secondary, and libraries.

Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods
Get demographic information and other data on specific areas of Los Angeles.

Pew Research Center: Hispanic Trends
Data from the Pew Research Center's public opinion polling, demographic research, and content analysis.

Evaluating Websites

Remember, anyone can publish anything online!  Make sure you take a critical look at any websites you are considering using for your research!  Some things to ask yourself about the website...

  • Who or what group is the author?  What are their credentials.
    • This could be a person, company, organization, etc. Think about what makes this person or group an authority or expert on the subject.
  • Who is the intended audience? 
    • This could be the general public, other experts in the field, children, parents, etc.
  • Is the information accurate and unbiased?
    • Is it clear if the information being presented is fact or opinion?  If it's fact, are there citations or links to where the author has found supporting information?
  • Is the information current?
    • Try to find out when the website was last updated or if there is a publication date for the particular page you are viewing.

For more information on evaluating websites, check out this research guide.

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