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Caribbean History

Find Articles

Search multiple databases to find secondary sources -- scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations on Caribbean history.

Specific Databases

Political Science Complete

Caribbean Studies If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Full Text Finder link to locate the full text in another database.

Use Journal Finder if you have a citation and need to find the full text journal.

Web Resources

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
Sponsored by the University of Texas (Austin), this site provides links to information about Latin American & Caribbean  countries.  Check out resources for Cuba.

Find Books

Search the SMC Library Catalog:

Search libraries worldwide:

Google Books

If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.

Browse Library Collection

cuban revolution book
  • F1751-1854.9  Cuba
  • F1601-F2191   Caribbean
  • F1601-F2191   Puerto Rico
  • F1201-F3799   Latin America

Use Subject Headings

Find Encyclopedias

Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works can provide good background information on your topic.

cuba_handbook (57K)

Use Reference Universe to search for other reference material in the library's collection.

Find Primary Sources

Primary Sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred.

1. Search the Library Catalog to find primary sources in the SMC Library or WorldCat to find primary sources at another library. Type in keywords from your topic and any of the following terms.

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • speeches
  • manuscripts
  • notebooks
  • autobiography
  • description and travel
  • case studies
  • interviews
  • statistics
  • songs and music

Search the following subject headings in WorldCat:

2. You can also search for sites in your country by using Google's Advanced Search and narrowing your results by region. Consult Translation Resources if needed.


Caribbean Digital Newspaper
Provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Granma Archives Index
Searchable Spanish-language data base of articles published from 1965 to 1992 in the official daily newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, Granma. Current English version of Granma available at

Historical Newspapers
Provides access to New York Times and Washington Post from the 1850's to the 1980's.

American Periodicals Online Series
Search American magazines from 1741-1900.

Government Documents

Latin American Government Documents Archive (LAGDA)
Provides access to a variety of web resources throughout Latin America.

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates
Links to U.S. congressional resources from the American Memory project. Search the Congressional Record from 1995-present in, search the Guides to the records of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives site, and search government publications at FDSys

Selected Digital Collections
Search historical records to trace family history.

Digital Library of the Caribbean
A cooperative digital library that provides access to provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Slavery and Revolution: Jamaica and Slavery in the Age of Revolution
Database of letters written by Simon Taylor (1738-1813), a slaveholder and plantation owner who lived in Jamaica.   

Castro Speech Database
Full text of Castro's speeches (1959-1996)

Cuban Heritage Collection
Digital collection from the University of Miami Libraries.

Dutch Americas - Digital Collections
Compilation of digital collections on the Dutch Americas from the New York State Archives and Library including the Curacao Papers (1640-1665).

Latin American Travelogues
Digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries sponsored by Brown University.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection
Digitized pamphlets from Harvard University documenting the struggle for independence in the Latin American colonies.

Latin American Ephemera Collection
Collection from Princeton University documents political and social movements in Latin America. Includes the Latin American Posters Digital Collection.

Documenting the American South
Digital collection of southern history which provides some documents pertaining to plantation owners who left the United States after the Civil War.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Searchable datasets of documented slave voyages between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Find Country Info/Stats


Search a specialized country resource like Europa World to find up-to-date information on elections, government officials, country statistics, and media outlets to name a few.

Other Databases

Credo Reference
Global Road Warrior
Political Handbook of the World

Print Resources

Travel guides and other reference books on Latin America can be found in the Reference section with call numbers between F1201 through F3799. 

Search Reference Universe to find other reference material in the library's collection.

Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics
REF F1410 .E56 2002
Includes information like election history and major political parties.

Garland Handbook of Latin American Music
ML199 .G36 2008
Compilation of music cultures of the region.

South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
REF F1401 .S68 2010
Compilation of statistics and background information on Latin American countries.

Latin America
REF F 1401 .L3252 2009

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
E-book (2008)

Pop Culture Latin America! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle
E-book (2005)

Selected Web Resources

United Nations data search allows you to search across multiple sources such as UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.  Check out Cuba statistics on the UN site.

Statistics and reports from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Click on Worldwide from the menu and select a UNESCO region to pull up various countries.

World Bank
Select a country from the Countries menu button and find statistics, publications, and special reports related to that country.

The World Health Organization a branch of the United Nations provides statistics and reports related to health trends globally.

Human development statistics from the United Nations.
The World Health Organization a branch of the United Nations provides statistics and reports related to health trends globally.

Evaluating Sources

Consider the following factors when evaluating your sources.

Currency - Is the timeliness of the information appropriate? Check the publication date of the website, book, or article. Date may not be an issue with historical topics unless you are looking for primary sources.

Relevance - Does the information fit your assignment/research question? Look at abstract, table of contents, introduction, cited references, and index to determine relevance. Is it a popular or scholarly source?

Authority - Who is taking responsibility for the source?--subject specialist, news reporter, organization. Where did they obtain their information? Is a bibliography or reference list provided? Look at author credentials, about us links on websites, etc.

Accuracy - Never rely on one source. Compare facts with additional sources.

Purpose - What is the intent of the article/author?--to persuade, to inform, to influence your opinion.


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