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LANIC: Newspapers and News

Search online versions of major Spanish- and English-language newspapers from countries throughout Latin America. Or: search over 100 major sources with LANIC's Latin American News Custom Search Engine.


Clase and Periodica Restricted Resource

Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities, includes articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews, and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues. Please note: database interface and citations are in Spanish.

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A collection of full-text newspapers that reflect Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Data and Statistics

Latinos in Iowa

Provided by the State Data Center of Iowa and the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs.

MOxLAD: Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Data Base

Contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the twentieth century up to today. Its purpose is to provide economic and social historians worldwide with a systematic collection of available statistical information in a single on-line source.

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Finding the Law of Latin America: Yale Law School

This research guide focuses on electronic resources to help you find the law in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Approaching Latin American legal research is similar to approaching legal research of any country, including the United States....

Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges

Available as a downloadable .pdf, this guide covers all aspects of Mexican legal research. Its purpose is to provide a contextualized overview of how to conduct research on Mexican law, referencing applicable Spanish language resources and highlighting any available sources in English.

Primary Sources

Ibero-American Institute (IAI)

An interdisciplinary center and home to the largest specialist library in Europe for the Ibero-American region. Digitized collections include Cultural Magazines of Latin America and Argentine Theater and Literary Periodicals.   

Latin American Collection: Princeton Theological Seminary Library

Part of the Theological Commons, the Latin American Collection is a new and growing digital resource that currently contains over 3,000 books and periodicals in theology, biblical studies, and related fields — all freely accessible online.


A bilingual cyber center and community of scholars and students that offers interactive primary documents and pedagogic resources about Mesoamerica’s past and present.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Restricted Resource

Digital multimedia version of the premier English-language encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations Restricted Resource

This A-to-Z reference details the important people, places, and events that have shaped the relationship between the United States and the countries of Latin America, including Mexico and the nations in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (Online edition) Restricted Resource

Draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Over 900 A-to-Z articles written by academics, scholars, writers, artists, and journalists, address such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource

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Reference Universe Restricted Resource

Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (6 volumes)
Print Location: REF F1406 .E53 2008

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
Print Location: 2nd Flr F1406 .E515 2000

Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society and Culture
Print Location: 1st Flr Oversize F1210 .E63 1997

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (Print edition)
Print Location: 1st Flr Oversize E 184. S75 O97 2005

Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
Print Location: 1st Flr Oversize E184.S75 E587 2005

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History
Print Location: 2nd Flr E 184. S75 R69 2006

Hispanic Americans : A Statistical Sourcebook
Print Location: 2nd FLR E184. S75 H5655 2009

Latino and Latina Writers
Print Location: REF PS153. H56 L39 2004

Latino Chronology : Ahronologies of the American Mosaic
Print Location: 2nd FLR E 184. S75 F543 2007

Web sites

Digital Library of the Caribbean

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative of archives, libraries, and private collections. Available collections include: newspapers, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts, literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts.


Latin American Network Information Center. Provides links to information about and from Latin America.

REDALYC (Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal)

Provides open access to the full text of scientific materials from over 1,000 journals published throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal.


Database of scientific journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal with articles in Spanish and Portuguese.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.

Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
Print Location: Perm Reserve LB2369 .T8 2007

Kate Turabian's classic guide is subtitled  "Chicago Style for Students and Researchers."

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper

Collection of links to guides for citation styles, prepared by the Duke University Libraries via Fisher College.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th. edition (2009)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2009

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