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Library Databases for Latin America & Caribbean Studies

This page contains a select list of the libary's databases for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Resources with alock-illinoisicon require a University of Illinois NetID and password to access. All other links are to open access resources.


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Databases & Indexes for Latin America & the Caribbean A-Z

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Hispanic American Periodical Index (HAPI) lock-illinois

Source for approximately 300,000 journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Currently provides over 100,000 full text of articles from more than 600 key social science and humanities journals.

Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (CLASE)

Bibliographic database maintained by the Universidad Nacional Autónmoma de México (UNAM) offering about 350 thousand bibliographic records of articles, essays, book reviews, literature reviews, short notes, editorials, biographies, interviews, statistics and other documents published in about 1500 journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in social sciences and humanities.

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

Repository of Latin American and Caribbean libraries provding open access to academic articles, thesis, presentations, working papers, and multi-media sources.

Latin Americanist Research Resources Portal (LARRP)

LARRP provides open electronic access to the tables of contents of journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean between the years 1994 and 2009. LAPTOC consists of 975 academic and research journals published in 29 countries in the region, including bibliographic references to more than 340,000 articles in the area's major languages.


A "portal of portals" to index and full text academic journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal designed and maintained by the Universidad Nacional Autónmoma de México.

Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas (PRISMA)lock-illinois

Comprehensive reference resource providing more than hundred full-text scholarly journals with articles in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. It offers key titles in English, Spanish and Portuguese indexed in the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI).


Gathers journals from 15 Latin American countries, with over 550 titles and 16,000 articles available in PDF format, along with abstracts in Spanish and English, reference information and other metadata. With the support of la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Redalyc offers its material for free to download under a Creative Commons license.


SciELO is a bibliographic database of open access journals and a model for cooperative electronic publishing in developing countries, originally from Brazil.

For Primary Sources:

Archives Unbound - Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Colección Revolución, 1910-1921 (Mexico)
  • Emiliano Zapata, 1901-1919 (Mexico)
  • Federal Surveillance of the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rico)
  • Feminism in Cuba: Nineteenth through Twentieth Century Archival Documents (Cuba)
  • Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944

Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC)

Cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean; provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Latin American Open Archives Portal (LAOAP)

The Latin American Open Archives Portal is a project of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project - LARRP, in collaboration with the Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC, to improve access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America. The portal provides access to working documents, pre-prints, research papers, statistical documents, and other difficult-to-access materials from the "deep Web." Typically, this content is published by research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and peripheral agencies that are not controlled by commercial publishers.

Luso Brazilian History and Culture: Oliveira Lima Library Pamphlets

Pamphlets from the personal library of Brazilian diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima (1867-1928). Most of the pamphlets relate specifically to Brazil. They are on Brazilian subjects, or their authors are Brazilian, whether the pamphlets were published in Brazil or elsewhere. Major subects are history, politics, literature. Other topics include social and economic conditions, travel, agriculture, immigration, indigenous peoples, religion, women’s rights, biography, diplomacy, law, education, the press, medicine, public health, railroads, ports,  foreign and international relations, geography, geology, art, academic societies, Pan-Americanism, positivism, the First World War, the Portuguese and Spanish empires, and Spanish American history and culture.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1900

Based on Joseph Sabin's famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana – A Dictionary of Books Relating to America From its Discovery to the Present Time, Sabin Americana, 1500–1926 is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s. Sabin Americana, 1500–1926 is rich in original accounts of discovery and exploration, pioneering and westward expansion, the U.S. Civil War and other military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition, religious history and more.


Biblioteca Virtual en Salud (Virtual Health Library)

Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (fka Regional Library of Medicine, BIREME), is a Pan American Health Organization World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) focus on the democratization of access, publication and use of the health information, knowledge and scientific evidence in health the region.

Caribbean Knowledge Management Center

The Caribbean Development Portal was developed by ECLAC to enhance the diffusion of knowledge about the current state of economic and social development in the Caribbean. As an a aggregator of reports and statistics from national, regional, and global organizations, it aims to increase the visibility of these resources, and thereby provide a service for researchers seeking information to support development efforts in the region.

Chicano Databaselock-illinois

Produced by the Ethnic Studies Library at the University of California, Berkeley, this bibliographic index covers a wide range of materials focused on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants since 1992.

Columbia International Affairs Onlinelock-illinois

Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs, original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)


Portal for the dissemination of Spanish scientific production specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Developed at the University of La Rioja (Spain), contains the indexes of scientific and humanistic journals from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as of books, dissertations, Festschrifts, etc. Full text is available for many of the documents.


Digitalia is an index of ebooks and ejournals where with access to high-quality content in Spanish Language. Thousands of ebooks from the most renowned Spanish and Latin American Publishing Houses, as well as relevant journals that cover all topics of interest.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for comprehensive coverage of all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

Latin America European Portal

European information and research on Latin America. The portal is the result of cooperation between the networks REDIAL and CEISAL, its objective is to offer a complete information system specialized in the European humanities and social science research on Latin America.

Latin American and Caribbean Network on Labour History

From the site: "data base of over 600 bibliographical references about labour in different Latin American countries and the Caribbean world.  The website also provides significant information on archival collections about Labour History. The aim of the Latin American Network on Labour History is: 'to build a community network of scholars who do research on Latin American and Caribbean Labour History from the XVI century until the present.'"

Latino Literature (EBSCO)lock-illinois

Latino Literature brings together more than 100,000 pages pages of poetry, fiction, and over 450 plays written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino authors working in the United States. Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels, and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected poems and plays. It contains over 133,465 pages.

Researching Brazil

Devised as a tool to support research in Brazilian Studies, Researching Brazil/Pesquisa no Brasil is both a bibliographic index and a gateway to online resources relevant to the field. The site provides a searchable index of Brazilian scholarly journals and contains additional relevant resources, including a news page, an online directory of institutions, a bibliography of print sources, and links to selected websites relevant to researchers.

Revistas Científicas Complutenses (UCM)

Electronic journals published by the press of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Latin American Databases & Indexes by Subject


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Medicine & Health

Music & Performing Arts

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Women & Gender Studies

Academic OneFile (InfoTrac)lock-illinois

This article database includes full-text and abstracts of scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals covering topics in the areas of current events, general sciences and technology, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Academic Search Completelock-illinois

A popular resource found in many academic settings worldwide, this resource was designed for the premier researcher, rich with the most valuable, comprehensive multidisciplinary content available. As a leading scholarly database, it provides access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.

CQ Researcherlock-illinois

CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.

Historical Abstracts (Ebsco)lock-illinois

Provides selective indexing of historical articles from thousands of journals in a wide variety of languages. Coverage includes the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women’s history, history of education and much more.

Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective 1907-1984lock-illinois

A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.

IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Scienceslock-illinois

IBZ has been the leading international and interdisciplinary reference work documenting academic periodical literature in the humanities, social sciences and related fields for over a hundred years. The spectrum of subjects covered is unrivalled: in no other database are academic journals from so many fields covered. Publications from 40 countries in more than 40 languages are taken into consideration


Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, this database now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals.

Periodicals Archive Onlinelock-illinois

Periodicals Archive Online is a major archive that makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (Proquest)lock-illinois

A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals.

Project MUSElock-illinois

Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE books and journals, from leading university presses and scholarly societies, are fully integrated for search and discovery.

Web of Science Databaselock-illinois

Made up of the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index) Arts and Humanitites Citation Index

Other Databases & Indexes by Subject



Art, Architecture & Design

Business & Economics

City Planning & Landscape Architecture


Communication & Media





Gender & Women's Studies

Health Sciences


Labor & Employment Relations

Life Sciences


Literature & Film

Music, Dance & Theater

Political Science

Physics & Astronomy


Religion & Philosophy


Veterinary Medicine