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Countries & Cultures Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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  1. Determine the country, culture, subculture and :
    • Mexico or Mexican culture
    • Germany or German culture
    • punk culture > punk subculture
    • Masons > freemasons
  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
  3. Use background information to discover related terms and synonyms to define your search strategy.



Academic Search CompleteContains thousands of articles, from multiple publishers, on almost all subjects. (Video Tutorial)


LexisNexis - Instructions on searching for  country reports [.pdf]

Business Source Complete

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.


Academic Video Online Multi-subject streaming video collection.




eBook CollectionMulti-subject electronic book collection (Video tutorial)

ProQuest Ebook Central

Physical Books

Library Catalog

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

Library Catalog Video Tutorials

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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