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Chicano Studies Research Center Library

Serving the UCLA and Chicano community since 1969


Welcome to the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) Library Research Guide!

This guide is here to help students navigate all the services the CSRC Library has to offer. The library is both library and archive. We holds thousands of primary and secondary source materials on and offsite. The library's secondary sources—books—are located in the library stacks, which are open to browse but not check out (they do not circulate). The archives are stored offsite at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF) and require advance notice to bring them onsite for research. Find out more information on how to use the library services under "Frequently Asked Questions." Below are links to relevant databases and online resources to help you get started. You can also find more information about collections, research topics, and course resources in the left-hand menu. We are continuously adding more information, but if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the CSRC Library!

Getting Started


What are primary sources?

"Primary sources are documents, images or artifacts that provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an historical topic under research investigation. Primary sources are original documents created or experienced contemporaneously with the event being researched. Primary sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period." - UCI Libraries, "What are Primary Sources?" LibGuide

Check out our archives, special collections, and newspapers to find primary sources on Chicana/o Studies.

What are secondary sources?

"A secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or period after the event has occurred and, generally speaking, with the use of primary sources. The same document, or other piece of evidence, may be a primary source in one investigation and secondary in another. The search for primary sources does not, therefore, automatically include or exclude any format of research materials or type of records, documents, or publications."- UCI Libraries, "What are Primary Sources?" LibGuide

Check out our books, articles, journals, and research databases for secondary sources on Chicana/o Studies.

Library Services


Can anyone use the computers? Yes! The computers are available to everyone. You simply need a UCLA Logon ID (for students, this is your My UCLA login information) to log in.

Can I print at the library? Yes! We offer free printing, up to 50 pages per quarter.

What printer do I use? The printers name is KIOSK - CSRC LIBRARY.

How many pages can I print? 50 pages per quarter.

Can I add money to my account to print more? No. We are not on the printer system that the UCLA Library and main campus use. As such, we do provide free printing. See above.