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LC Classification for Latin America

The Bowdoin College Library uses the Library of Congress call number classification system. If you want to browse the shelves (in person or online), here are some good places to start:

F1201-3799 Latin America. Spanish America

F1201-1392 Mexico

F1421-1440 Central America

F1601-1629 West Indies

F2201-3799 South America

F2251-2299 Colombia

F2301-2349 Venezuela

F2351 Guiana

F2361-2391 Guyana. British Guiana

F2441-2471 French Guiana

F2501-2659 Brazil

F2661-2699 Paraguay

F2701-2799 Uruguay

F2801-3021 Argentina

F3051-3285 Chile

F3301-3359 Bolivia

F3401-3619 Peru

F3701-3799 Ecuador



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Searching Subject Headings for information on Latin America

Subject Headings are umbrella terms or phrases used to classify information on a certain subject -regardless of the actual language used. Once you find a useful Subject Heading, you'll be able to see all the other items assigned that heading. However, Subject Headings have unique structures and can therefore be difficult to find. Here are some ideas for searching the online catalog:

Country -- Subject

Bolivia -- History
Brazil -- Politics

Argentina -- Sociology

Cuba -- Religion

Costa Rica – Environmental Protection


Region – Subject


Latin America -- History
Central America -- Discovery and exploration
South America – Drug Traffic
Andes – Mountain Ecology
Caribbean Area – Politics and Culture


Subject—Country (or region)


Art -- Latin America

Art -- Mexico

Architecture -- Uruguay

            Social movements – Ecuador

            Catholic Church -- Nicaragua

            Public Health – Panama

            Race Relations – Colombia

            Women -- Bolivia

Literature -- Caribbean literature -- Black authors -- History and criticism
Group identity -- Latin America
Literature, Comparative -- Latin American and African
Dance – El Salvador


Industry, Commerce, and Business information:

Forestry -- Chile
Agriculture -- Paraguay
Latin America -- Economic conditions
Business enterprises -- Latin America
United States -- Commerce -- Latin America
Marketing -- Latin America
Industrial policy -- country
Telecommunication systems -- Latin America
Corporations, American -- Latin America
Small business -- Latin America
Informal sector (economics) -- Latin America
Agricultural industries -- Latin America

Dance -- Guatemala


Notable Events



            Dirty War