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HI 161 - Early Latin America

Find Articles

Search multiple databases including Historical Abstracts to find secondary sources -- scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations on Latin American history (1450-present).

Other Databases


latin_american_journal (11K) 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 countries.

Find Books

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

Browse Library Collection

colonial_latin_america (48K)
  • F1201-F3799   Latin America
  • F1201-F1392   Mexico
  • F1421-F1569   Central America
  • F1601-F2191   Caribbean
  • F2201-F3799   South America
  • F2501-F2659   Brazil

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Find Encyclopedias

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

iberiaandamericas (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. Search Internet sites for primary sources. Consult Translation Resources if needed.

Selected Digital Collections

Database of full-text ethnographies on ethnic, cultural, religious, and natural groups worldwide which includes some primary source materials.

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

Exploring the Early Americas
Library of Congress online exhibition.

Biblioteca Digital Hispánica
Digitized texts and images from the Biblioteca Nacional de España including specialized collections on Latin America and Latin American Independence.

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.

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

For more digital collections check out the subject guides from Bowling Green State University and Emory University.


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