Subjects can be combined to narrow a search focus, e.g., Colombia AND Panama. Or to broaden : (Nicaragua OR Honduras) AND ecology.
Use topical subject headings to pinpoint specific topics. For example :
(You can combine subject headings most easily in WorldCat if you use the "more like this" link.)
Working with Latin American & Caribbean topics often means that you have to be more creative. For example, the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) used in most American libraries, divide geography or time periods up in ways that may mean you need to look at different sets of subject headings.
but, from the other direction,
If you are working in an index, such as HAPI, or a hispanophone catalog, you'll get to learn different formulations, "Panamá -- Historia -- 1989 (Invasión norteamericana)," for example.
And the difference between Panama and Panama (Panama) ? The former is the country and the latter is the city.
Questions? Take advantage of your friendly local librarian's years of experience and contact Sarah!
Bibliographies, especially annotated bibliographies, gather together articles, books, and other materials about a particular topic, individual or theme. They are particularly useful for covering research in English done before 1980, books or articles not published in the US, or research in languages other than English.
The subject heading for bibliographies is Bibliography. Because it's singular (unlike Dictionaries or Handbooks), you have to be careful to make sure you search for it as a subject or else you'll also see every book that includes a bibliography at the end of it.
The following terms are found in the subject headings of records for published primary sources.