The American Mosaic

The Latino American Experience

Comprehensive, informative, and easy to use, The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience (LAE) is the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos—the largest, fastest-growing minority group in the United States.

  • Topic:

    Race and Ethnicity
  • Subtopic:

    Latino/Hispanic Studies

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Comprehensive, informative, and easy to use, The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience (LAE) is the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos—the largest, fastest-growing minority group in the United States.

Latinos and Hispanics in the United States are an intrinsic part of our national identity. This enormous segment of the United States population today—comprising immigrants from dozens of Latin countries, as well as Spain—now accounts for more than 16 percent of the overall U.S. population. The diversity of Latino cultures is wide ranging and their myriad cultural traditions reflect unique historical trajectories in the United States.

The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience (LAE) explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States—an estimated 44 million individuals who have formed unique, self-sufficient, and vibrant communities across the nation.

Designed and developed under the guidance of Latino librarians, LAE offers unparalleled depth and content that meets the specific research and curriculum needs of students, teachers, and librarians. The Analyze sections pose historic quandaries that invite learners to examine issues from all angles and develop their critical thinking skills, while easy-to-use search and browse features facilitate research at every level.

Coverage ranges from precontact Aztec and Maya societies to 21st-century political issues like recent immigration law to cultural themes like coming-of-age rituals, music, literature, and cuisine. The Latino American Experience is an indispensable electronic research and learning resource that provides learners with far more than history lessons with facts and figures; it gives voice to the Latino experience through Latino authors and contributors.

• Content includes nearly 5,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, bracero oral histories, speeches, court cases, quotations and more
• Offers more than 45 topical overviews and more than 700 biographies of such famous political and social figures as Simón Bolívar, David Farragut, Rita Hayworth, Sonia Sotomayor, and many more
• Faceted searching allows for fast and powerful refinement of search results
• Ongoing content updates enrich the site throughout the school year—at no additional cost

• Covers history and culture from all the countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, including content on modern-day Latin American countries, the history of the Hispanic Diaspora, and indigenous peoples
• Ties into curriculum standards with content and features geared to state-required studies on Latino history
"Due to the fact that this resource is under the guidance of leading scholars in the area of Latin American studies, and is updated regularly, this database is highly recommended."—ARBA

"Encompassing the content of more than 200 volumes—from encyclopedias to biographies—this wide-ranging database focuses on all aspects of Latin American history and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present day. It is designed, developed, and indexed under the guidance of Latino librarians and library directors to meet the research and curriculum needs of students, teachers, librarians, and researchers."—ARBA

"The Latino American Experience is the second in the American Mosaic series of full-text digital reference resources. The African American Experience (CH, Jan'07, 44-2453) preceded it, and more databases will follow. This visually appealing and intuitive online resource presently aggregates the contents of 167 print reference titles. ... Material is primarily in English, but Spanish-language resources are also included. A simple search box remains available in a prominent corner as one navigates through the database. The advanced search option offers the ability to limit by articles, images, primary documents, or external sources. ... The browsing function moves students through a narrowing hierarchy toward results via side-by-side windows with multiple levels of categories/subcategories displayed along with the resulting articles. ... [No other resource] provides the breadth of coverage—from cooking and music to politics and literature—found here. This is a spectacular resource, reasonably priced. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and secondary school students.' "—Choice

"Developed by a team of Latino librarians, The Latino American Experience spans the interests and research needs of students and scholars. ... LAE deserves an A+' "—School Library Journal

"Greenwood's Latino American Experience paints a mural that is as intricate and as colorful as the lives, history, and events that fill its pages. This database provides the sort of unique content that might only be found within the special collections of a large public or university library....The Latino American Experience provides students and teachers with resources previously unavailable. Teachers will appreciate the Lesson Plans, which include National Standards, Strands, Objectives, Historical Perspectives of the subject, materials needed (including dowloadable organizers and rubrics), key questions, points of view, directions, assessment tools, and even extentions to the research assignment. Students will enjoy the ability to easily locate often hard-to-find pieces of information, as well as the 2.0 elements including a blog....[L]atino American Experience deserves an A+ for bring together an important piece of the puzzle which truly does create an American Mosaic."—School Library Journal

"The Latino American Experience is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origin living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains a core set of electronic reference books, images, primary documents, and links to select Web sites. It features a simple, attractive, intuitive homepage. The advanced search option permits useful limiters by document type to articles, primary sources, external resources, and images....This is a promising beginning for what could prove to be a valuable resource....Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"Drawing on a long-standing list of scholarly works on Latino cultures, some 200 titles total, Greenwood has launched a subscription website called the Latino American Experience, which offers readers references in English and Spanish, from encyclopedias and biographies to folktales, primary documents and recipies, as well as a variety of media....With more than 12,000 keywords in its index, the Latino American Experience spans a vast and fascinating territory."—Kirkus Reviews

"This is the most beautifully designed electronic product I've ever seen, as creatively functional as it is attractive. At screen top left is a Quick Search box with a link to an Advanced Search screen directly beneath it. Underneath that is a Subject Browse list with links to Arts & Entertainment; Business & Labor; Education; Folklore & Customs; History; Icons; Immigration; Literature; Music; Organizations; Politics, Law, & Civil Rights; Religion; Science & Medicine; Sports; and Women. At screen right are links to Landmark Documents, Origins, Spanish Content, Timeline, and Title List. At screen top right are persistent links to Home, Browse, Additional Resources, and Index as well as to an overall description of file contents; biographies of the impressive members of the LAE advisory board (experts, librarians, and scholars); Classroom Resources (e.g., lesson plans); and a Help section that neatly lays out all the elements of both Quick and Advanced searching, including proximity operators, Boolean logic, and wild cards....Recommended for public and school libraries for its online access to material long overdue for coverage by electronic publishers."—Library Journal

2014 Best Latin American Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2013 CODiE Award Finalist - Best Education Reference Solution — SIIA

Outstanding Academic Title — Choice