|Search a specialized history database like Historical Abstracts to find secondary sources -- scholarly journal articles, books, and dissertations on Latin American history (1450-present).|
|If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Check for Full Text 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.
Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
Sponsored by the University of Texas (Austin), this site provides links to information about Latin American countries.
Search the SMC Library Catalog:
If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.
||Search Infotrac Newsstand to find news articles from a broad
range of newspapers and newswires from around the world.|
Consult Translation Resources if needed to get a quick understanding of an article.
Other News Databases
Search Google News for current stories. Use the Advanced Search dropdown in the search box to limit your search to a location (i.e. bolivia) or a news source (i.e. cnn). Search the Archives to track the emergence of an ongoing issue.
You can also search for sites in your country by adding inurl:[country abbreviation] to your search. Find country abbreviations at Internet World 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.|
|Use the Political Handbook of the World to get more detailed information about political parties in your country and other organizations.|
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.
REF G GT 150 .C85 2010
This four-volume set published annually contains country information in 25 different categories.
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.
REF F 1401 .L3252 2009
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
United Nations data search allows you to search across multiple sources such as UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.
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.
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.
Audio, Video, and Images
Limit search to images, audio, and video files.
Find podcasts in Google by typing inurl:podcast and your keyword in the search box.
AtoZ Maps Online
Thematic maps from the world.
Do an image search on your country in specialized encyclopedias and atlases.
Easily edit YouTube videos.
Open source audio editor.
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.
Maintained by Stacey Knight