Latin American Studies Resources
This guide includes some of the principal resources (electronic and print) for finding information about Latin American history, politics, literature, culture, and current events.
|Historical & Political Sources||Article Indexes & Databases|
|Literary Sources||Journals & Magazines|
|Cultural Sources||Current News Sources|
|Statistical Sources||Key Organizations|
|Maps & Atlases||Bibliographies and Web Portals|
Encyclopedia of Latin
American History and Culture. Ref. F1406 .E53 1996 (5 vols.)
Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean. Ref. F1406 .C36 1992
Britannica Online (http://search.eb.com
- on-campus access only)
Country Studies (Library
of Congress) http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
(some also available in print: GovDoc D 101.22:550-
Brief country profiles are also available at the following web sites:
The library also has encyclopedias and dictionaries devoted to specific countries, such as:
Cambridge History of Latin America. Ref.
F1410 .C1834 1984 (11 vols.)
A Reference Guide to Latin American History.
Ref. F1410 .R395 2000
Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics. Ref.
F1410 .E56 2002
Diccionario de Política Latinoamericana del Siglo XX. Ref.
F1414 .N87 2001
Latin America : A Political Dictionary. Ref. F1406 .R67 1992
Political Database of the Americas (Georgetown University). http://www.georgetown.edu/pdba
International Library http://web.amnesty.org/library/engindex
- including Amnesty's
A Sourcebook for Hispanic Literature and Language : A Selected, Annotated Guide to Spanish, Spanish-American, and United States Hispanic Bibliography, Literature, Linguistics, Journals, and Other Source Materials (3rd ed.) Ref. PC4071 .B55 1995
The subtitle thoroughly describes the content of this
carefully compiled and useful bibliography.
Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. PQ7081 .A1 C35 1996 (3 vols.)
A comprehensive, authoritative survey of Latin American literature from pre-Columbian times through 1990. The third volume includes an extensive bibliography.
Latin American Literature and Its Times. Ref. PN50 .M625 vol.1
Provides a brief analysis and historical context for some of the major works of Latin American literature.
Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature
electronic resource]. Ref. PQ7081 .A1 E56 1997
The Latin American Short Story : An Annotated Guide to Anthologies and Criticism. Ref. PQ7082 .S5 L31 1992
An impressive guide to general, regional, and country-specific anthologies and criticism of Latin American short stories. Indexed by author, critic, title, and theme.
Resource Center - available from the BSC
Indexes & Databases page.
Hispanic Literature Criticism.
Ref. PQ6039 .H5 1994 (2 vols.)
Latin American Writers. Ref. PQ7081 .A1 L37 1989 (3 vols. + supplement).
Biographical sketches of some of Latin America's most renowned writers, from 1492 forward. Includes selected bibliographies of the writers' works and of critical studies. Most of this information is also in Literature Resource Center (see above).
Spanish American Authors: The Twentieth Century. Ref. PQ7081.3 .F57 1992
Biographical and bibliographical information for more than 330 significant "literary creators" from Latin America.
Bio-bibliographical entries on Latin American authors. This information may also be found in the Literature Resource Center (see above).
Contemporary Latin American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography.
Ref. PQ7082 .N7 B76 1989
Spanish American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book. Ref. PQ7081 .L7 S6 1990
Offers information on the lives, major themes, and criticism of more than 50 women writers.
Encyclopedia of World Cultures.
Ref. GN307 .E53 1991 (10 vols.; v. 7 = South
America; v. 8 = Middle America and the Caribbean)
Culture and Customs of… [Country]
BSC Library Catalog for call number)
Cultural Profiles Project
A set of online profiles of life and customs in countries around the world, developed in association with the University of Toronto.
Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture: Hispanic Culture of Mexico,
Central America, and the Caribbean.
These encyclopedias offer insight into MesoAmerican cultures, both ancient and contemporary:
Information on the indigenous peoples of Latin America may be found in the following sources:
For information on the music and art of Latin America, try consulting the following sources:
Information from ECLAC,
the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - http://www.eclac.cl/estadisticas/default.asp?idioma=IN.
Center for Latin American Economics - http://www.dallasfed.org/htm/latin/center.html.
Development Bank - http://www.iadb.org.
LatinFocus - http://www.latin-focus.com.
the Latin American Development Archive - http://www.jhu.edu/~soc/ladark.html.
Statistics Division - http://unstats.un.org/unsd.
International Historical Statistics : The Americas,
1750-1993. Ref. HA175 .M55 1998.
The following maps and atlases are specific to Latin America:
In addition, these web resources may be of use to Latin Americanists seeking geographical and spatial information:
Spanish dictionaries are located in the PC4600 section and Portuguese dictionaries in the PC 5300 section of the Reference collection at BSC (with some in the circulating collection as well). Among the best:
Useful online dictionaries and translations are available at :
The BSC Library has a growing collection of books in the realm of Latin American studies, selected by the faculty of the College. You may search for these books through the BSC Library Catalog, available from the Library homepage.
Can't find what you're looking for in our library? Try searching WorldCat, a union catalog of major libraries in the U.S. and throughout the world. Or perhaps one of these major Latin American collections (listed by UNC-Chapel Hill) has what you need. BSC students, faculty and staff can use the Library's free interlibrary loan service to request books and other materials from other libraries.
Indexes & Databases
Articles may be found by consulting resources on the BSC Library's Indexes & Databases page. Useful databases include:
HAPI, the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (1970 – present) – indexes articles and other works appearing in over 400 social science and humanities journals.
Handbook of Latin American Studies online (1936 – present) – an index to books, journal articles, conference papers, and electronic resources in Latin American Studies.
LAPTOC Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents - searchable tables of contents of 800 Latin American journals.
CLASE (1975 - present) - an index to Latin American journals in the social sciences and humanities produced by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
PERIÓDICA (1978 - present) - an index to Latin American science & technology journals sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Virtual Health Library Databases - sponsored by BIREME (Brazil), the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Health Organization.
For research in political science, history, or literature of Latin America:
Social Sciences Full Text (1983 – present) indexes articles from several hundred social science journals, and includes the full text of many of these articles from 1995 forward.
WorldWide Political Science Abstracts (1975 - present) indexes and abstracts the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields (such as international relations, law, and public administration/policy).
PAIS (via FirstSearch - password required)(1972 - present online, 1950 - present in print) indexes and abstracts articles relating to public affairs from several thousand periodicals, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.
Humanities FullText (1984 - present) indexes articles from several hundred humanities journals; includes the full text of many articles from 1995 forward.
Historical Abstracts (1955 – present) indexes and abstracts books and articles from over 1700 history journals.
MLA Bibliography (1963 - present online, 1921 - present in print) provides access to literary research in 4,000 journals and series, as well as books, working papers, conference proceedings, and other formats.
Some of BSC's general indexes and databases may also yield relevant articles, particularly on current situations and issues.
Spanish language databases:
Ethnic News Watch - a searchable database of full text magazines, journals and newspapers from the ethnic and minority presses in English and Spanish.
Informe - includes the full text of more than 60 Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals.
Lexis-Nexis Academic - Spanish Language News. Select News (in the left-hand menu), then Non-English Language News (in category) and Spanish Language News (in news source) to access the contents of approximately 75 news sources in Spanish.
Journals & Magazines
The library subscribes to a number of print and electronic
journals in the area of Latin American studies, including:
To see if the BSC Library has a particular journal (in print or
electronically), search the Periodicals
@ BSC list.
Current News Sources
Prensa Latina http://www.prensalatina.com
World - Regions http://www.latinworld.com
Latin American Database
– Information Services Latin America.
CNN en español - Américas. http://www.cnnenespanol.com/americas
NACLA North American Congress on Latin
OAS Organization of American States. http://www.oas.org
SALALM Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials. http://www.salalm.org
WOLA Washington Office on Latin America. http://www.wola.org
Bibliographies and Web Portals
The following print bibliographies enumerate many of the scholarly resources available to Latin Americanists:
Below are some key websites for locating online information on Latin America: