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LACS 1000: Introduction to Latin American Studies (Roth): Course Objectives (LACS 1000)

What is "Latin America"? The course is designed to answer that question. This guide will help you find information to complete course assignments.

LACS 1000 - Course Objectives

At the end of the library session, students will be able to:
  • Identify appropriate databases and other sources of reliable information to complete the course assignments.

LACS 1000 - Goals

Each student will write four (4) 400-word news reports (Hemispheric Highlights) on a current (from the past two years) event of their choice. Each report will cover the topic in a different Latin American country, and include 3 news articles from reputable print news sources.

Due dates:

  • January 26 - topics due to Dr. Roth for approval.
  • Week of February 9 - 1st report due in ELC - also bring 2 hard copies.
  • Week of March 2 - 2nd report due.
  • Week of March 23 - 3rd report due.
  • Week of April 13 - 4th report due.


LACS 1000 - Primary Sources, Peer Review, and Writing Help

What are:

  • Primary sources? Documents or artifacts created during the time period under study. Examples include: diaries, letters, notorial documents, maps, photographs, original works of art (poetry, novels, paintings, sculptures, music).
  • Secondary sources? Sources that comment on the primary sources. Examples include: journal articles, books, chapters in books, conference papers.
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed works? Sources that have gone through a rigorous review process from a community of experts to ensure that the works meet standards in the field of study.

Need help developing your research questions or organizing your writing?

LACS 1000 - Style Guides

Remember to document the sources where you found the information included in your reports.

Dr. Roth is requesting that you use "Documentation I: Notes and Bibliographies" system of the Chicago Manual of Style.

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