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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 require a University of Illinois NetID and password to access. All other links are to open access resources.

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 1980

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 America

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 History

Oxford Bibliographies Online – Latin American Studies

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 Plus

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 Unit

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

Latin American & Caribbean LibGuides: UIUC & Elsewhere

Online Encyclopedias & Handbooks for Latin America & the Caribbean

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

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