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Countries & Cultures Research Guide - LSC-North Harris


Starting Point

  1. Determine the country or culture. and :  
    • Mexico or Mexican culture
    • Germany or German culture
  2. List terms that best represent the main concepts of your topic.
    • Cuba and culture
    • Cuba and customs or etiquette
    • Cuba and arts
    • Cuba and education 

Research Databases

Find country reports. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

Additional Databases:

Library Catalog

Find books, e-books, DVDs, and more.


Use the Library Catalog

  • Enter search terms.
    • Mexico description
    • Cuba customs
    • Asia culture
  • Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  • Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  • To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "request first available copy" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Search the Library Catalog

 Keyword Anywhere:


Library Catalog Video Tutorials


Reference Books

These books are located on the third floor of the library.

  • Area Handbook Series (individual volumes cover different countries)
    U.S. Documents D 101.22:
  • Countries and Their Cultures
    REF GN 307 .C68 2001
  • Do's and Taboos Around the World
    HF 5387 .D66 (also in REF collection)
  • The Do's and Taboos of Hosting International Visitors
    HF 5389 .A98
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures (organized by ethnic groups, not countries)
    REF GN 307 .E53
  • The Europa World Yearbook
    REF JN1 .K855
  • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries
    REF HF5389 .M67
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
    REF G63 .W67 1998


Video Recordings 

Holdings are listed by county. Circulating items may be checked out. Instructional items may be viewed by students in the Library's Reserve Room on the 2nd floor.


Web Sites

Citation Help

  1. Keep track of all of the information and sources you used during your research.
  2. Ask your professor about the required citation style.
  3. Consult Citation Help Guide from LSC-North Harris Library to help you construct your citations.

Each citation should answer the questions:

  • Who wrote the material you are using?
  • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
  • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
  • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?

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