Marisol Ramos

About Marisol Ramos

For those curious to know my background, I have a B. A. in Anthropology from Univ. of Puerto Rico, a Master degree in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from SUNY-Albany and a M.L.I.S with an archival concentration from UCLA.

Harnessing the Power of WorldCat Local (Books & Media Worldwide)

Welcome to the new 2014 Spring semester! Now that classes are back in session let’s discuss some of the ways the library resources can help you find and organize sources for your papers and class projects.

Clicking the tab, “Books & Media Worldwide”, you will access WorldCat Local, an online catalog that not only gives you access to library materials at UConn but also gives you access to library materials from all around the world. For those materials not available in our library, you can request them through Interlibrary Loan through this interface. In addition, there are two more services that you may find useful using WorldCat: creating a profile and creating lists.

WordCat LocalCreating a profile in WorldCat allows you several advantages: You can create lists of resources (books, films, articles) which you can then share with your classmates/colleagues when working on a project or keep private when working on your own research. Another feature of lists is the Citation View, which displays your sources using the five more common citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian and Harvard). Also, you can export your citations to RefWorks or EasyBib (citation management softwares), display the list in a webpage (HTML) which you can cut and paste into your paper or download a Word document with your list already formatted in your preferred citation style.

Another cool feature available with your profile is the ability to save successful searches (keywords specific to your research) which you can come back to periodically to see new books and/or other resources added to our collections, and much more. All useful tools available to you for free!!

For today, I will focus on how to create a new profile and how to create a list.

To create a WorldCat profile:

myaccounts1On the library website, click on the link, “My Accounts” on the upper right corner of the webpage.


On “My Accmyaccounts2ounts” page you will get a new page where you can create a new account or sign on to an existing one.






You will get a new page where you can worldcatsignoncreate a new account or sign in on an existing one. Creating an account is simple. Just pick a user name and password, type your email (we recommend your UConn email) and accept the terms of services and voila, you have created your new account/profile!


makealistCreating a list is very easy. First you need to search on the text box in WorldCat, e.g. “water scarcity”. On the result page you will see a list of results, which can be further filtered by format, year, author or language (on left side bar menu). createlistBut on the top of the result list, you have other options: Sorting By: which allows you to sort by library and relevance, Author (A-Z), etc. (right side corner) and Save to: [New List] (on top of your search results). Check the boxes for the books you want to place in your new list and then click Save. You will be asked to name the new list “Water Scarcity” and here you can decide if you want the list to be Public (viewable by anyone) or Private (viewable only by you), then click “Create New List”. Your list is created and you can come back anytime and add to this list every time you search this topic. There is no limit to how many lists you can created in WorldCat Local. You can also get access to all your list from the Save to drop down menu, so any time you search you can add new books to your lists or create a new one as needed.

To go back to your list(s), just visit your WorldCat profile. Here is my profile so you can see how it looks with lists, saved searches, etc…

wcprofileI hope this is useful for your projects and papers this semester! And remember, if you need help finding sources for paper/project, are stuck with your research or want to learn more about WorldCat Local, contact your subject librarians!! We are here to help you!

Pivot–the most comprehensive search for grant funding opportunities

The Office of the Vice President of Research and the UConn Libraries have acquired Pivot, a database for grant funding opportunities. You can search for grant funding in all the major research areas in the social science, sciences and humanities. In addition, this is  a superb place to find potential collaborators through the Pivot Profiles, which provide information on over 3 millions scholars from around the world.

For those new to this product, a Pivot representative is coming to UConn to do a demonstration of all the features available in this database. This presentation is open for faculty, students and staff.

Mark your calendar!

Pivot Presentation
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Classroom Building Room 101
10:30am – noon

If you can’t wait to explore Pivot, visit the official site at There are also training videos on how to use Pivot on YouTube so check them out!

Marisol Ramos
Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology

Center of Research Libraries’ Services available to UConn Faculty

The Center of Research Libraries (CRL) is “an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

UConn is a member institution, and therefore UConn (faculty, staff, and students) can borrow from the vast library of materials available at CRL for your research.

The collections at CRL, cover a wide variety of topics, regions, time periods and formats such as microfilms, monographs and digital formats. For example, you can access archival collections from United States, United Kingdom and even Cambodia. In addition, dissertations, monographs and newspapers collection covering most regions in the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc…) are available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

CRL offers the following services to CRL institutional members:

  • Hard Copy and Microform Loans (books, microfilms)
  • Document Delivery through your Interlibrary Loan Department
  • Digital Delivery of microfilms and other materials when available
  • When available digital collections are available for immediate viewing

To learn more about all these services, visit,

Search the CRL catalog at and gather the appropriate bibliographic information to make your interlibrary loan request.

Open ILLiad (





and select the form from the New Request box on the left of the screen.

For microfilm request, contact directly the DD-ILL office at

For more information about DD-ILL policies and guidelines, please visit the DD-ILL FAQ at:

Marisol Ramos

Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology

How to research Hispanic/Latino health issues

Metas Mentos

A group picture of METAS mentors for 2010-2011. METAS is a peer-to-peer mentoring program developed by the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center "to assist first-year and transfer students with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the mentee’s first year at UConn."

As part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) this blog entry briefly discusses Hispanic/Latino health issues and how to conduct research on this subject using the library resources.

The Hispanic American/Latino community has specific health concerns based on factors such as genetics, environmental factors, access to care, and cultural factors. Typical medical conditions affecting this diverse population are: Diabetes, Asthma, a variety of mental illness and HIV/AIDS, while cancer and heart diseases are the leading causes of death in this complex population.

At the UConn Libraries we strives to acquire materials that document health research on the Hispanic American population.  If you are interested in learning more about Hispanic-American Health, the UConn Libraries has the books, journal articles, and librarians (expertas) you’ll need.

If you want to find out more about the issues related to Hispanic American health before you get started, visit the following sites for reliable and current information: MedlinePlus—Hispanic American Health ,  the Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos or The Pew Hispanic Center’s Internet Resources for Health

Check out some interesting statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For material is Spanish visit,

In addition, visit the library from September 16 – October 15 to see a display of Hispanic/Latino Health related books available in the Homer Babbidge Library (Plaza Level) as part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Visit also the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) for their schedule of events to celebrate this month.

How to research Hispanic/Latino health issues

One of the challenges of studying the Hispanic American population is the fact that it is not a homogeneous population but a very heterogeneous one where race, language, and socioeconomic status vary from group to group. What affects Puerto Ricans will not necessarily affect Cuban Americans or Mexican Americans. Another element that complicates research is the fact that more than one term is used to describe this minority group. Both Hispanic American and Latino are umbrella terms developed through the years by the U.S. Census to try to document and account for this ever-changing group.

The U.S. Census definition state: “People who identify with the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” are those who classify themselves in one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the Census 2000 or ACS questionnaire – “Mexican,” “Puerto Rican,” or “Cuban” – as well as those who indicate that they are “other Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino.” Origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.”[i]

Tips and advice on researching Hispanic/Latino health issues using library resources

Need Books? Search for books in HOMER, the Libraries’ Catalog

TIPS:  When using HOMER, browse our collection of books on Hispanic American Health by entering one of these Subject searches:  1) Hispanic Americans –Medical care –United States; 2) Hispanic Americans –Health and hygiene –United States.

Need Articles: Search for quality articles in one of our databases:


When using full-text keyword search use quotation marks (“ “) to denote a phrase such as “Puerto Rican” “Cuban American” to identify materials on that ethnic group

To combine keywords using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT):

  • Do you have more than one topic? Use AND:   Hispanic Americans AND high blood pressure
  • Do your topics have synonyms?  Use OR:  Hispanic Americans OR Latin Americans OR Cuban Americans
  • Do you have multiple topics and synonyms?  Use Parentheses:  (Hispanic Americans OR Latin Americans OR Cuban Americans) AND (high blood pressure OR hypertension)
  • Do your topics have singular or plural forms?  Use Asterisks (*):   Hispanic American* OR Latin American* OR Cuban American*

For more tips and advice on researching Hispanic/Latino using the library resources visit National Hispanic Heritage Month LibGuide

Need Help?

Contact one of our subject specialists

For information about health/medicine: Jill Livingston /  486-8303

For information about Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and Spanish: Marisol Ramos / / 486-2734.

[i] From American FactFinder glossary at retrieved September 15, 2010. For a more complete understanding of the change from Hispanic to Hispanic or Latino see, Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity at retrieved September 15, 2010.