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See WMOAS Resource List created by SN with links to additional resources for LAST385 committee work.

Background Sources

Europa World Plus

  • Access from off-campus requires your TowsonU NetID
  • Political and economic profiles of nations of the world
  • Click on the regional section for South America, Central America and the Caribbean, which contains timely essays on issues affecting this region, as well as country profiles
  • Older editions of South America, Central America and the Caribbean, 1997- 2005, are located in the 5th floor stacks under the call number - F1401 S68


Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. 2nd Ed. 2008

  • Access from off-campus requires your TowsonU NetID
  • One of the best sources of background information on topics regarding Latin America, especially significant events and people and the political history of countries
  • 1996 print edition of the encyclopedia can be found in the reference stacks - Ref F1406 E53

Sage Reference Online

  • This is a collection of over 70 encyclopedias on a wide range of topics and sometimes a good source of information on political aspects of Latin America
  • These articles are generally good for social issues like poverty, social justice, human rights, slavery, race & ethnicity, and some environmental issues
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America. 1992



Library of Congress Country Studies (Area Handbooks)

  • Originally published between 1988 - 1998 to provide U.S. government officials and citizens with information about other countries. Each book provides the historical context for the geography, society, politics, foreign policy and economics of a country.
  • Updated, brief Country Profiles are also available on this site
  • To locate a print copies of the country studies (area handbooks) in the Cook Library stacks, search the Towson Catalog using a Keyword search with "area handbook" and the name of the country [e.g. area handbook and brazil]

Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics
[Center for LA Studies, Georgetown U] 2002

See also Political Database of the Americas, which is the online source of polical information hosted by Georgetown University. Much of the material is in Spanish.

Democracy in Europe and the Americas
. 1998

Encyclopedia of the Inter-American System
. 1997
P42 S3613
The Ancient Americans: A Reference Guide to the Art, Culture, and HIstory of Pre-Columbian North and South America . 2v. 2001

Great source of information on cave and rock art.

Indians of Central and South America: An Ethnohistorical Dictionary
. 1991

Handbook of South American Indians
. 1991
Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture. [Werner] 2v. 1997


Milenios de Mexico. [Musacchio] 3v. 1999


Historical Dictionary of Mexico


Historic Cities of the Americas : An Illustrated Encyclopedia. 2v. 2005

  • Access from off-campus requires your TowsonU NetID
  • Geographical coverage includes: Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South American cities
  • Articles on historical development of major cities in the Americas, most dating back to the 16th century, but also some ancient cities
  • Extensive bibliographies of additional sources including English and non-English books and periodical articles

Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia. 2001

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America . 3 v. 2001
Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica .1996


The Cambridge World History of Human Disease .1993 (Shelved in Faculty Reserves at Circulation desk.)

Includes chapters on:

  • Diseases of the Americas - Pre-Columbian, 1492-1700, and since 1700
  • Disease Ecologies of South America
  • Disease, human migration, and history
  • Disease decriptions including etiology & epidemiology, distribution & incidence, history & geography, and prevention
A Guide to the Historical Geography of New Spain .1992

See this range of call numbers in the Reference Stacks for historical dictionaries of various Latin American countries.

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  Additional Background Sources on Culture

Countries and Their Cultures.

  • Access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Also available in print in the Reference stacks
  • Arranged alphabetically by country covering topics such as: symbolism; ethnic relations/national identity; food & economy; social stratification; political life; gender roles & statuses; marriage, family & kinship; socialization; religion, health care; and arts & humanities


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. 3v. 2000

S75 O97

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. 2005

S75 E59

Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture . 2004
Pop Culture Latin America! : Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. 2005

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. 2002

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Click on the link for the entire volume and browse using the dropdown menu

Music in Latin American and the Caribbean: An Encyclopedic History 2v. 2004

  • Vol. 1, deals with music and indigenous people of South America, Central America, and Mexico
  • Vol. 2, deals with the Caribbean, is mostly arranged by country, but also has essays on Afro-Caribbean music, oral tradition in vaious countires, steelband and drumming, and cumbia
  • Accompanied by a 2 CDs of musical recordings
P66 M67  

Caribbean Polular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall 2005

  • Mostly brief biographies of artists and groups
  • Includes a select bibliography of books and websites
P66 T46  

Reggae & Caribbean Music 2002

  • Mostly brief biographies of artists and groups including a discography of recordings
  • Includes a section on Carnival history generally and by country

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • This database provides full text access to many encyclopedias in various disciplines that cover topics of music, dance, and identity
  • Begin by looking in the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture and once in it, search the entire collection by using the GVRL search box at the top of the screen

Sage Reference Online

  • Access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • This database provides full text access to over 60 Sage Publications encyclopedias
  • Emphasis is on the social sciences, so coverage of topics regarding culture, soical issues, ethnicity, and identity are covered
  • Search all resources at once using appropriate key word/s (e.g. ethnic identity, hispanic, latino, spanglish)
  • Be sure to check the link at the end of each article for suggested further reading

See also the following books in the general collection:

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Smithsonian Global Sound

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Provides sound recordings of music, musical instruments, and spoken word from around the world
  • Includes music from many Latin American countries and cultural groups in the U.S. including Hispanic, Puerto Rican, and African Caribbean
  • For efficient searching, click on Advanced Search and select from list of terms under PLACE, GENRE and/or CULTURAL GROUP

Naxos Music Library

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Provides access to musical recordings
  • Searchable by keyword(s) (Try genre and/or country.)

Alt.Latino [NPR]


Dance in Video

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Provides streaming access to academic films on dance including dance productions and documentaries
  • Search by keyword(s) or browse by genre (for example, Latin; World Music)

Films on Demand

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Provides streaming access to academic films on political and cultural aspects of ethnic groups and cultures
  • Search for keywords in film titles or segments within a film


  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • A digital image library which includes photographs, maps, artifacts/archaeology, sculpture, paintings, architecture
  • Search for images by artist or browse by country, type, or collection (For example, Cuban Heritage Collection, Latin American Art, Mexican Retablos, Modern Latin American Art, Ferguson-Royce: Pre-Columbian Photography)

AP Images

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Current and historical Associated Press photos of individuals, groups, news and events of the 20th + century
  • Search by keyword(s) and limit by date, if desired

Berg Fashion Library

  • Access this research database with your TowsonU NetID from off campus
  • Provides text, images, and journal content on world dress and fashion, including the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.
  • This database covers all regions of the world, from pre-history to the present day, with content provided by renowned scholars.
  • Explore by Place, to see what's available by area including South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • See Volume 2 of the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Latin America and the Caribbean
  • View the Latin American Fashion Reader

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Atlases & Geography

S1 L3

Atlas and Survey of Latin American History . 2007

  • Online access from off campus with your TowsonU NetID
  • Themes include: Land and Its Peoples; America Before 1500; Science, Exploration, and Expansion; Iberian Conquest of America; America Under Hapsburg Rule; America Under Bourbon Rule; From Autonomy to Independence; Latin America in the Nineteenth Century; Latin American Economies in the Twentieth Century; Demographics and Population in the Twentieth Century; Political, Social, and Cultural Issues; and Revolutionary Movements.

Includes over sixty clear and easy-to-read maps, each of which is accompanied by an essay and brief bibliography. Accompanying index to places, people, and events.

S1 H2

Historical Atlas of Central America.

Includes: Environment & Territory; People & Places: Patterns of Cultural Change; Colonial Societies; Formation of National Societies; Challenge of Development.
(Shelved in atlas area of the Reference section.)


Oxford Atlas of World History. 1999

Includes: From Hunting to Farming in the Americas, 12,000 - 6500 BC; Civilizations in Mesoamerica, 1200BC - AD700; Cultures in South America, 1400BC - AD1000; Civilizations in Mesoamerica and South America, 500-1500; Inca and Aztec empires, 1400-1540; Spain and the Americas, 1492-1550; Colonization of Central and South America, 1500-1780; Slave Economies of the Western Hemisphere, 1500-1880. (Shelved in atlas area of the Reference section.)


Times Concise Atlas of World History .

Includes: Peoples and Cultures of the Americas, 500-800; America on the Eve of European Conquest, 1000-1500; European Voyages of Discovery, 1487-1780; Colonial America (including Peru & Mexico), 1519-1783.


Maps & Graphics Library

  • Global, regional, and national maps searchable by themes including biodiversity & conservation, climate change, disasters & natural hazards, environment & security, freshwater; marine, pollution, poverty, urban issues and waste
  • Maps were pulled from the Web sites of many international organizations such as the UNEP and World Bank

Global Distribution of Poverty
[Center for International Earth Science Information Network]

  • Presents maps that represent the spatial distribution of poverty in the world. Thematic maps of demographic indicators, food security, poverty indicators, urban areas, and water & sanitation.
  • Data by region and selected countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Paraguay

World Regional Geography: South America

A Web site created by a Geography professor that includes links to maps from South America organized by regional & physical geography, cultural geography, economic geography, historical geography, and regions.

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U.S. - Latin American Relations

Time Line of U.S. Latin American Relations

A timeline, covering the years 1819 - 2001, created by History Professor Richard Slatta from North Caroloina State University for his students.


Historical Dictionary of U.S. Latin American Relations.

  • People, events, doctrines, treaties and policies pertinent to U.S. Latin American Relations from the early 19th century to date. Each entry is accompanied by suggested reading. Includes an extensive subject index, a timeline of U.S.- Latin American relations, and a select bibliographies of print and online resources.
  • Portion of this book is available through Google Books

A Bibliography of United States - Latin American Relations Since 1810.
Supplement. 1979

Index to books, articles, pamphets and documents in English and other languages. Arranged chronologically from 1810 -. Also includes country surveys and sections on the Pan American Movement since 1889 and Latin American Movements:Pan Hispanism, Yankeephobia, & Aprismo.

To determine if any of the items that you find are available in the Cook Library or another USM library, check the Towson and/or USMAI Catalog.


Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations.
4 vols. 1997

Traces the history of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America from the 19th century to the mid 1990s. See the overview article on Latin America, as well as articles on individual countries and topics such as Bay of Pigs Invasion, Mexico War with, Monroe Doctrine, North American Free Trade Agreement, and Organization of American States. Accompanying bibliographies provide suggestions for further reading.


Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy.
2nd ed. 3 vols. 2002

See entry on Pan-Americanism.


American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature.
2nd ed. 2 vols. 2003

Annotated list of resources published by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Includes U.S. document collections, personal papers, bibliographies, historiography and biographies for a time period as well as overviews of relations between the U.S. and other countries and regions.

For U.S. foreign relations with Latin America, check the table of contents for the entire work or the detailed table of contents for each chapter. Regional/country references include books and some journal articles. To determine if any of the items that you find are available in the Cook Library or another USM library, check the Towson and/or USMAI Catalog.


Shelved in the 5th floor stacks

American Secretaries of State and Their Diplomacy. 20 vols. 1963 -

This series begins with Robert R. Livingston, who served as Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Continental Congress from 1781 - 1783, to Cyrus Vance, who served as Secretary of State from 1977 - 1980 under President Jimmy Carter. Each volume is enhanced by notes that reference primary sources and a topical index.

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Following is a selection of resources that provide full text access to primary documents.

Shelved in the 5th floor stacks

NARA Presidential Libraries and Museum Page

Provides links to U.S. Presidential libraries, which provide selected primary sources. Also explains various types of presidential documents and how they can be useful in your research.

In the Diplomacy and Foreign Policy section of this site, you will find links to other primary sources such as the U.S. State Department publications, including selected volumes of Foreign Relations of the U.S. (FRUS) since 1945. Series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Online volumes drawn from the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations.
University of Wisconsin Libraries provides electronic access and keyword searching to an incomplete run of those volumes published between 1861-1960.

Cook Library also owns print copies of Foreign Relations of the U.S. from 1861 to date. These can be found on the 5th floor of the library with the call number KZ233 U55.


Shelved in the 5th floor stacks

Documents on American Foreign Relations. 1938 - 1970
[World Peace Foundation/Council on Foreign Relations]

Collection of documents selected for their significance to U.S. foreign relations. Published annually. not limited to U.S. government sources. Documents are accompanied by introductory historical essays in the later volumes.

American Foreign Relations, published from 1971-1978 continues the set.


Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

This selection of primary sources spans pre-1800s to the 21st century, covering the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Use the SEARCH feature to check for documents on Latin American countries. Some of the major collections include:


Just the Facts: A Civilians Guide to U.S. Defense and Security Assistance to Latin America

Web site maintained by Latin America Working Group Education Fund, the Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America. This database presents statistics on arms transfers and sales, training programs, bases, exercises, and information on the laws that govern these activities. Also includes counter-narcotics and humanitarian assistance programs.

Information is indexed by aid by individual country and program. Other sections include U.S. Bases and Military Installations, Laws Governing Military and Police Aid, Current News, and Recent Government Statements, Reports, and Other Groups' Publications.


Internet Modern History Sourcebook [Fordham University]

Links to a small collection of primary documents and some secondary sources located on various Web sites. Organized by topics and countries.


Historic Documents. Annual. 1972-

Primary sources and excerpts of primary sources that chronicle the events of each year from 1972 to date. Although the documents selected represent worldwide events, the main focus is on the U.S. Thematic Table of Contents provides quick access to documents regarding International Affairs - Latin America or use the Cumulative Index, especially by country name. Sources are drawn from the U.S. government, non-U.S. governments, and NGOs.

Current five years are shelved in the Reference stacks, earlier years are in the general stacks on the 5th floor of the library.

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Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
[U.S. Department of State]

Washington Office for Latin America

National Security Archives

Access full text documents from projects on Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico from the menu bar at the bottom of the page.

See also the Electronic Briefing Books

Declassified records from the U.S. government on issues including U.S. national security and foreign policy regarding Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay.

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Web Directories
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center

ISLA: Information Services Latin America

  • Website from California that offers news from British and American press on Latin America, as well as "alternative voices" from within the region
  • Some of the information on this website is available through subscription only
  • For mostly freely accessible information see Special Reports and Links (Note: Some of these websites may be better than others. Always check for the sponsor of a site to determine reliability.)

Political Database of the Americas

  • Provides information on nations': constitutions; executive/legislative/judicial branches; electoral systems; political parties; decentralization and local governance; democracy and citizen security; indigenous peoples; and civil society.

Eldis: The Gateway to Development Information

  • Go directly to country profiles by clicking on an appropriate region (e.g. Latin America & Caribbean).
  • Covers topics such as agriculture, children, conflict & security, education, finance policy, gender, health, poverty, and migration, refugees & diaspora
  • Country reports bring together in one place profiles developed by organizations such as FAO, Amnesty International , Reliefweb, IMF, World Bank, ILO, UN and World Resources Institute [WRI]

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Handbook of Latin American Studies
. 1936-
Note: This links to the introductory/explanatory page of the database. To begin your search click on the link to the outside of the Library of Congress.

  • Good source for ancient and colonial history
  • Volume 57 and earlier volumes contain review essays that provide historiographic analysis of Latin America by: ethnohistory; general history; Mexico; Central America; Caribbean; Guianas, & Spanish borderlands; Spanish South America including Venezuela, Colombia & Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay & Uraguay, and Brazil.
  • Resources indexed are in various languages, including English
  • Click on the Expert Search page link on the menu bar at the top of the screen to browse the Table of Contents for the essays on HISTORY that are available online in every other volume (This includes all the introductory essays through volume 57.)
    • When you are on the Expert Search page, scroll down it to see the Table of Contents link
  • Use the Expert Search page to search for historiographies in books and journals
    • In the Title keyword/s box enter a specific topic (e.g., peru, aztec, labor, peasant, nationalism)
    • In the Subject keyword/s box type historiography
    • Change Search for words exactly as entered to Search for variants of English-Language, if desired
    • You will find that not all of your results will be true historiographies. After reading the abstracts, select those articles that qualify according to what you have learned in your class.

Also available in print on the 4th floor of the library- Z1605 H3


Latin America and the Caribbean
. [Covington] 1992

  • Contains essays that provide historiographic analysis of Latin America by time period including: colonial; 1750-1850; since 1850; and Brazil. Resources noted are in various languages, including English.

Latin America: A Guide to the Historical Literature
. [Griffin] 1971


Latin America, Spain and Portugal
. [Wilgus] 1977

Located on the 5th floor of the library in the general stacks.

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Rankings & Statistics

Country Indicators for Foreign Policy [CIFP][Carlton University, Canada]

The CIFP project keeps track of failed and fragile states, providing conflict risk assessment reports on selected states in South and Central Asia, Caucasus, Africa, and Latin America.

Provides rankings of countries on indicators such as democratic participation, political stability and human rights for Governance & Democracy Processes and indicators including authority, economics, security & crime, and human development for Failed & Fragile States. Also try searching the Reports & Briefs for country reports.


Statistical Abstract of Latin America
. [UCLA] Annual 1957- Latest kept in Reference.


Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean
. [UN] Annual 1965-

  • 1997 to date available online
  • 1965-1996 available in general stacks - HA751 U5 and HA755 A68

Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean. [UN] Annual 1956-

  • 1996 to date available online along with other CEPAL/ECLAC statistical publications
  • 1956 - 1995 available in general stacks - HC161 E24 and HC161 U6

Social Panorama of Latin America [UN]

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Organizations & Think Tanks


Inter-American Dialogue

U.S. center for policy analysis regarding relations among nations in the Western Hemisphere. Many reports and white papers are available online.

  • See Publications ,which cover the topics of U.S. policy, trade & economics, democratic governance, press freedom, education, hemispheric governance, social policy, and women.
  • Program Agenda include reports on the Andean Region, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru.

Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations. 1998



Organization of American States


Council on Hemispheric Affairs


Americas Society/Council of the Americas

  • Americas Society focuses on the inter-American activities regarding political, social, and economic issues and the Council of the Americas is an international business organizations that deals with economic issues of trade and development
  • Site organized by issues and countries
  Inter-American Development Bank

  ECLAC: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

  SELA: Latin American and Caribbean Economic System

  World Bank Group:Latin America and the Caribbean


Pan American Health Organization

Also check the World Health Organization. You can search by country for information. Includes reports on disease outbreaks, health expenditures, immunization, health legislation, life tables, number of health personnel, and particular health conditions such as tuberculosis, polio, diabetes, and oral health.


There are various websites that provide access to news sources from the Americas, including the following, which are organized by region and by country.

Newspapers & News in Latin America [LANIC]

Latin American and Mexican News Online [U Texas]

Zona Latina

Miami Herald and New York Times each have a section on news from the Americas.

CNN and BBC also provide news stories from Latin America & the Caribbean.


World News Digest
[Facts on File]

  • Off-campus access requires login with your TowsonU NetID
  • Archival record of domestic and international news, covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940
  • Includes an encyclopedia with articles on nations, people and events
  • Almanac includes statistics and factual information on "hot" issues in the news
  • Curriculum Tools section has articles on such topics as conducting research, avoiding plagiarism, and evaluating primary and secondary sources

Google News

  • Choose a country or Estados Unidos from the drop down menu
  • To get a translation, copy and paste the Spanish title of the article into Google and click on [Translate this page]
  • These articles tend to be brief

Note: For news articles available in databases to which the library subscribes, see Indexes & Online Databases below, especially LexisNexis Academic and New York Times Historical.

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Search Engines & Online Databases

Non-governmental Organizations Search

  • Custom search engine that searches through non-governmental organization sites, providing backgound and commentary on international issues
  • Useful for topics such as human rights, women's rights, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child labor, ethnic conflict, genocide, nuclear nonproliferation, weapons & arms control, environment, poverty, economic development

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine

  • Custom search engine that searches through intergovernmental (e.g. UN, EU, WB) organization sites, providing background and commentary on international issues
  • Useful for topics such as human rights, women's rights, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child labor, ethnic conflict, genocide, nuclear nonproliferation, weapons & arms control, environment, poverty, economic development

The following online databases, which index primarily secondary, but some primary sources, are available only through the Cook Library Web site. From off campus, you will need to access them by entering your TowsonU NetID


LexisNexis Academic

  • For Latin American Newspapers & News Services: LexisNexis is a good place to start when looking for an international perspective on issues
  • Once in LexisNexis, click on the blue Sources button.
  • Click on Browse Sources, change All Countries to South America or Central America & the Caribbean or a specific country.
  • Below this on the web page, click on the publication type News.
  • If you have chosen a region, rather than a country, on this screen the most relevant source to check off is probably Spanish Language Latin American News. (Otherwise you cannot differentiate between North and South American sources.)
  • If you have selected a country, next select Newspapers and then check off the boxes in front of those you'd like to search.
  • Click on the red box that says OK- Continue. On the resulting search screen, make sure to search the section segment - HLEAD (which means Headline & lead paragraph).
    • It will focus your search to search SECTION: HLEAD (headline/lead paragraph) because your results will be based on articles that have your words in the headline and lead paragraph only, rather than the full text of the article
  • Type in an issue and Add to Search
  • You can also choose to search by length of article in segment. For example, Length > 500 (words)

New York Times Historical 1851-2009
New York Times 1980 to date

  • Provides full text and full image of all articles.
  • Current New York Times articles are available through both LexisNexis Academic and National Newspapers databases.

Academic Search

  • Multidisciplinary online database that indexes English-language articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers.
  • Many of the articles indexed here are available electronically or in print through Cook Library.

Historical Abstracts. 1955-

  • Covers from 1450 A.D. - ; For earlier time periods, use Humanities Abstracts
  • Search for abstracts of articles from scholarly journals in History and social sciences. Focus on countries other than United States and Canada.
  • Once on the basic search screeen, click on the ADVANCED SEARCH for more search options
  • For historiographies, type historiography in the box next to SU Subject Terms
    • Type a topic in the box next to Select a Field (e.g., mexico, inca, colonialism, revolution)
    • To limit results to English language articles, select english next to Language:
    • To limit results to a particular time period in history, enter the appropriate years next to Historical Period from:
  • You will find that not all of your results will be true historiographies. After reading the abstracts, select those articles that qualify according to what you have learned in class about how to identify a historiography.

America: History and Life. 1955-

  • Indexes articles from scholarly journals in social, polical, and economic history. Content focus is on the United States and Canada, covering the time period from 1450 to present. Some of the articles indexed are available electronically or in print through Cook Library.
  • Once on the basic search screeen, click on the ADVANCED tab for more search options
  • To limit results to a particular time period in history, enter the appropriate years next to TIME PERIODS box
    • Put cursor over the TIME PERIODS link to learn proper way to enter years (e.g., 1800H, 1960D)

Ebsco provides access to various databases that might prove useful depending on the focus of your research on Latin America. You can search Ebsco databases simultaneously. Once in any Ebsco database (such as the three listed directly above), click on the Choose Databases link to add others. Some that might be appropriate include:



  • Search and access the full text of 450 major scholarly journals in all disciplines from their first issue up to four years ago. Coverage complements the more current coverage of databases published by other concerns such as EBSCO.
  • Once in JSTOR, to find a historiography:
    • Click on Search
    • Click on Advanced Search
    • In the full text field, type a word that designates your topic (Some examples: mexico; u.s. mexican war; dirty war argentina; aristide)
    • In the second box type: historiography or essay
    • Select to search journals in the field of: LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
    • If necessary, you may need to broaden your topic
    • Click on Search
  • You will find that not all of your results will be true historiographies. After reading the abstracts, select those articles that qualify according to what you have learned in your class.

HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index
. Annual 1979-
The following print resources index magazine, journal, and newspaper articles that were published earlier than the online databases cover. They index material published in English from the 18th century to the first half of the 20th century. They are shelved on the back wall of the main (3rd) floor of Cook Library. Those articles that were published during the time of an event would be considered primary sources

Palmer's Index to the Times Newspaper (London). 1785-

The Times of London is available on microfilm in the Periodicals Room on the 2nd floor of Cook Library.


International Index to Periodicals, Devoted Chiefly to Humanities and Science. 1907- 1964.

  • Indexed scholarly/professional journals
  • Continued by Social Sciences & Humanities Index 1966 - 1974 [Ref A13 S6]
  • Continued by Social Sciences Index 1974 -1997. [Ref A13 S611]

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature . 1900 - 1997.

  • Indexed general interest and news magazines
  • Continues Poole's Index to Periodical Literature 1890 - 1899 [Ref A13 P7]

The URL for this document is http://pages.towson.edu/sara/latinamer.html

See also: Country Information Sources
World Poverty & International Development

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