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Online Reference Resources for Latin America & the Caribbean

This page contains a select list of online reference materials for Central America, South America & the Caribbean. Resources with a lock-illinois icon require a University of Illinois NetID and password to access. All other links are to open access resources.



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Starting Places

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 10,000 unique URLs, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.


Latin American Newsletters (LatinNews) was founded in London in 1967 to provide expert political, economic, and security analysis on Latin America and the Caribbean.  For 45 years, it has been acknowledged as the foremost authority on the region.

Online Bibliographies

Bibliografía Mesoamericana, Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI)

Foundation’s site contains a wealth of bibliographic information on a variety pre-Colombian topics, especially Mesoamerican language and writing. Also a directory of links to other pre-Columbian resources.

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española desde 1980lock-illinois

Comprehensive database of works of Spanish literature published since 1980, including books, periodical articles, book reviews, bibliographies and conference proceedings.

Bibliographic Guide to Black Caribbean Literature

Compiled by Thomas Weissinger and Nelly Sfeir v. de González at the of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS Web):

Selective annotated bibliography of scholarly monographs, journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and electronic resources dealing with Latin America. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, provides annotations for over 5000 works per year.

MLA International Bibliography - Latin Americalock-illinois

Compiled by the staff of the MLA Office of Bibliographic Information Services, provides a subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.

Online Bibliography of Latin American Environmental History

A bibliography hosted by RefWorks and published as part of a long term research project at California State University at Long Beach.

Oxford Bibliographies Online - Atlantic Historylock-illinois

Oxford Bibliographies Online - Latin American Studieslock-illinois

Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

Selected Bibliography of Government Documents on Latin America & the Caribbean

Compiled by the Government Documents Interest Group of the American Library Association (GODORT), this includes links to U.S. government resources, government websites of Latin American and Caribbean countries, data and statistical resources from Latin American and Caribbean government resources, and resources from pertinent inter- and non-governmental organizations.

Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities, maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Country Studies, Library of Congress Handbook Series

Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Europa World Pluslock-illinois

Online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

EIU Country Reports - Americas - Economist Intelligence Unitlock-illinois

Database of country profiles and publications from the research group of the Atlantic magazine.

Latin American & Caribbean LibGuides: UIUC & Elsewhere

University of Illinois Library

Harvard Library

New Mexico State University Library

Oxford University Bodleian Library

Princeton University Library

University of Texas Libraries

Yale University Library

Online Encyclopedias & Handbooks for Latin America & the Caribbean

Encyclopedia of Latin America: Dealing with the Life, Achievement, and National development of the Countries of South and Central America, Mexico and Panama, the West Indies,...

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culturelock-illinois

Encyclopedia of Latin American Theaterlock-illinois

Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relationslock-illinois

Gran Enciclopedia de España Onlinelock-illinois

Britain and the Americas: a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedialock-illinois

France and the Americas: a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedialock-illinois

Germany and the Americas: a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedialock-illinois

Iberia and the Americas: a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedialock-illinois

Ireland and the Americas: a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedialock-illinois

Oxford Encyclopedia of Meso-American Culturelock-illinois

Dictionary of Latin American Cultural Studieslock-illinois

Visual Resources

Latin American Visuals Online Repository

A unique resource featuring materials gathered by Latin Americanist scholars from multiple institutions for use by students and scholars alike

General Reference Online

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