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History: Library Resources: Latin American Tertiary Sources

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Tertiary Sources


Tertiary Sources are distillations and collections of primary and secondary sources. The information is compiled and digested into factual representation, so that it does not obviously reflect points of view, critiques or persuasions. Tertiary sources are typically the last to be published in the information cycle.  Because it has been filtered through many reviewers, it tends to consist of highly reliable and accurate information, plus contain broad perspectives of topics. 

Use tertiary sources for a general overview of your topic and for background information for your research.  


General examples: Encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, classification, chronology, and other fact books.

Repplinger, John. "Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Sources:." Willamette University, 5 Apr. 2019, Accessed 15 Apr. 2019. 

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Reference sources

Reference items are usually distinguished by having an "R" or "REF" before the call number. Reference works are especially good for quick overviews of a topic such as one finds in an encyclopedia.

Items in a reference collection usually cannot be checked out, but you can make photocopies if you like.

The following reference books are in the SFCC library; you might want to look around the same call numbers in other libraries for similar kinds of books.

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Finding Books & Videos

The SFCC and SCC Libraries

SFCC and SCC share an online catalog. Most items at SCC can be requested for pickup at SFCC, usually in the next 3-5 days.

Here is a small selection of the books available at the SFCC and SCC libraries. These books are only a small sample; many more items on these and other relevant subjects are available at the library:

Many books are located in the 980 call number also Central America books often have a 972 call number.

Worldcat locates books throughout the world but they are not necessarily at our library. The good new is that you can request an *InterLibrary Loan and the SFCC Library will request the book from another library for you, free of charge. We can get ahold of most items but not all. Please note, it can take up to 10 days to get a physically item like a book or video mailed from another library.


Books may be borrowed from other libraries but you must allow time.  Start your research early!  Use Britannica bibliographies and book reviews to identify the most important titles for your research.

* InterLibrary Loan

Inter-library loan (ILL) is a service agreement in which participating libraries share items across the United States, such as books and articles. The SFCC Library borrows materials from other library collections for our students and the local community. In turn, the Spokane Falls Library loans items to other libraries.

Libraries lend materials and supply photocopies in accordance with national and international copyright laws.

Spokane Falls faculty, students and staff may use this service at no fee or cost.