Answered By: Celita Ávila Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015 Views: 20
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin." According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.
The San Antonio College Library has a great collection of books, articles, and websites, about Hispanic heritage. Check out the links below for helpful information regarding this very important topic.
Additional reference books in the 2nd floor Reference Area of the Library and books you can check out from the 3rd floor Circulating Collection of the Library may be identified in the Library's catalog.
Also, since Banned Books week occurs during Hispanic Heritage month, the library has a starter list of books by Hispanic authors that have either been banned or challenged.
These databases may be used to select articles on just about every topic concerning Hispanic heritage.