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Databases for Latin America & Caribbean Studies

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

CLASE Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades CLASE it is a bibliographic database offering about 350,000 articles, essays, biographies, interviews, statistics, and other documents published in about 1,500 journals edited in Latin America and the Caribbean. This database is maintained by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and covers journals focused on disciplines such as management, anthropology, arts, library and information sciences, political science, communication, education, demography, and economics, religion, and sociology, to mention some. It is available in Spanish.

CLACSO Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales CLACSO maintains a network of digital libraries offering access to over 80,000 thesis,working papers, conference presentations, and multimedia material, published by CLACSO and its academic partners. It also provides free access to more than 700 Iberoamerican academic journals in social sciences and humanities, which includes free access over 250,000 single articles. The digital repository registers more than 4 millions of downloads per month. The website and the searching options are available only in Spanish. CLACSO has updates on and

Dialnet Portal for the dissemination of Spanish scientific production specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Developed at the University of La Rioja (Spain) and supported by a net of Spanish and Latin American institutions, it provides access to more than 10,000 journals, over 5 millions of documents, and more around 110,000 dissertations published in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Full text is available for many of the documents. The search tool is available in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French, among other languages.

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals The DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to open access and peer-reviewed journals. It includes more than 2 million of articles published in more than 10,000 journals edited in more than 100 countries. The advanced search option allows to filter the search by language, discipline, and specific countries, among other features. You can follow DOAJ on ,  , and .

HLAS Handbook of Latin American Studies This multidisciplinary handbook is a selective annotated bibliography of scholarly books, journal articles, conference papers, maps and atlases, and electronic resources dealing with Latin America. Edited and compiled by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress of the United States, it covers disciplines like anthropology, arts, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, philosophy, political economy, and sociology related to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S., and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The digital database includes items from the 1970s to the present, although all HLAS’ volumes can be searched online in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, too. The Division offers basic research assistance by phone, regular mail, or through an online form. The illustrated guide of the collections is also a helpful resource.

HAPI Hispanic American Periodical Index  Source for more than 300,000 journal article citations about Latin America and the Caribbean and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Currently, HAPI provides access to over 150,000 full text of articles from more than 700 key social science and humanities journals. There are helpful video tutorials and the database can be accessed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The database is developed by the Latin American Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

LAPTOC Latin American Periodical Tables of Content It is a searchable Web database providing access to the tables of contents of almost 1,000 journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, published between 1994 and 2009. LAPTOC is part of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP), a consortium of research libraries that seeks to increase free and open access to information in support of learning and scholarship in Latin American Studies. Database searches can be made by journal title, keywords, and country, among other characteristics. The user can save citations, create bibliographies, and share or download results of searches. The search engine is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Latin American Economic History Database This database presents statistical series of a wide range of economic and social indicators from 20 countries through all the XX century. It covers topics such as labor market, industry and trade, and demography, among others. The website is available in English and Spanish. It is supported by is a partnership between the Economic and Social History Programme (PHES), of the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, and the Latin American Centre and the Department of International Development, Oxford University.

Latindex It is an academic network and a database including academic and research journals edited in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. Although it is administered by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), there are more than 20 national institutions supporting the network and the database. The website is available in Spanish and partialy in Portuguese, French, and English. It is also possible to searching journals and articles in more than 15 languages, including some indigenous ones. Latindex provides access to more than 25,000 journals, 7,000 of them fully digitized. Latindex is on and .

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, literature, folklore, and linguistic.

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 about the emerging field of environmental history, making connections across disciplines. The search tool is available in English, Spanish, and French, among other languages.

REDALYC Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal It includes journals from 15 Iberoamerican countries, with over 1,200 journals and 550,000 articles available online, along with abstracts in Spanish and English, reference information. and other metadata. It includes an app to download for free in mobile devices. Both the website and the searching is available in Spanish and English. The searching options include title, journals, and country, among others. Redalyc also provides a free mobile app for searching.

SciELO Scientific Electronic Library Online It is a bibliographic database of open access journals and a model for cooperative electronic publishing originally developed in Brazil, but now including a dozen of Latin American countries, Portugal, Spain, and South Africa. There are available almost 1,500 journals and over 700,000 articles in disciplines such as agriculture, biology, engineer, humanities, and social sciences. SciELO also includes a specific database in public health and an e-book section that provides free access to over 500 full books and more than  7,000 books’ chapters in Portuguese. The site registers over 70 millions of downloads. The blog SciELO in perspective is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and maintain an updated news feed and you can also follows SciELO for updates on .

AmericasBarometer The biennial survey data compiled by the Latin American Public Opinion Project is available for free downloading starting from 2004. The AmericasBarometer is multi-country, regularly conducted survey of democratic values and behaviors in several countries in LA&C countries, organized by a consortium of academic and think-tank partners in the hemisphere. The last round included 28 countries and over 50,000 respondents. The website is also available in Spanish.

Archives Unbound – Latin America and the Caribbean Since its inception in 2009 the Archives Unbound program has published more than 230 titles. The roots of the program are on microfilm. The Archives Unbound program consists of more than 290,000 documents totaling 12 million pages. Particular strengths in this catalog include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Some of the archives include in the collection focused on Latin American & Caribbean studies includes the U.S. State Department records about the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath (1910-1921), including more than 120,000 images; archives about Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States (1930-1944), covering a wide range of political, social, and economic issues, with over 100,000 documents, considering cables, memoranda, correspondence, reports and analyzes, and treaties; a collection of the Federal surveillance of the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, containing more than 10,000 documents highlighting the FBI’s efforts to disrupt the activities of the largest of the Puerto Rican independence parties, and over 16,000 documents about Feminism in Cuba from the independence to the end of the Batista regime in the 1950s, shedding light on Cuban feminism, women in politics, literature by Cuban women and the legal status of Cuban women.

Biblioteca Digital de la Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, Cuba  This digital repository includes almost 400 works published by over 70 Cuban writers since the 17th century. It is possible to search by author and period of time and the works are available for download in pdf format and the collection is partially available as audiobooks. There are also available key annotated bibliographies of Cuban literature in general and about authors, such as José Martí or Dulce Maria Loynaz. The databases available in the Biblioteca Nacional include digital access to over 15,000 posters and a database of photos about Cuban buildings. The website, the search options, and the material is in Spanish.

Biblioteca Digital Cubana This website provides free access to hundreds of digitized books on topics such archives, archaeology, natural sciences, history and geography, economics, and literature, as well as newspapers and magazines published in Cuba since the 1700s. There are also available some historical maps and pictures through secondary sources.  Throughout the Biblioteca Histórica Americana (BHA), the website also provides access to historical material about the Caribbean published in Spanish, French, Italian, and English.

Biblioteca Virtual de Puerto Rico The website, created and maintained by Javier Almeyda Loucil, provides free access to hundreds of primary sources about the political, economic, social, and cultural Puerto Rican history. There is available a basic search option and the material is organized by topics, such as agriculture, biography, economics, newspapers, radio, folklore, or political parties, among many others. In Spanish.

Brasil: Nunca Mais Digital A collection of more than 900,000 pages that document abuses and repression in Brazil during the Military Dictatorship (1964-85). It provides access to original documents, as well as summaries and media archives. The database is searchable by political organization and states of the case. The website is available in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Project This multimedia project is part of the Digital Collections developed by the University of Miami. It includes interviews from leading individuals from the South Florida community addressing topics such as art and media, education, entrepreneurship, and activism and their links with their Caribbean heritage.

Cuban Heritage Collection It is a multimedia archive that is part of the Digital Collections developed by the University of Miami. It includes over 700 audio and videos such as interviews, lectures, jingles, and other historical visual material from Cuban popular culture produced both in the island and in Florida.

Confidential Print: Latin America This is one of the collections included in the Archives Direct, from The National Archives, UK. The Confidential Print series, issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since around 1820, is one of the most important series produced by the British Government. The documents about Latin America cover the whole of South and Central America, plus the non-British islands of the Caribbean, from just after the final Spanish withdrawal from mainland America in the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. The documents included in this collection cover revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe, and relations with indigenous peoples, among other topics.

Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLoC) This is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. It provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. Some of the collections available are about, for instance, Panama and the canal, Vodou, and Caribbean newspapers. The map collection outlines a vast inter-continental region, including the area stretching from Florida westward along the Gulf Coast waters of the United States of America, along with the backbone of Central America and across northern South America.

Digital National Security Archive The nongovernmental National Security Archive consists of expertly curated, and meticulously indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events from 1945 to the present. It includes 48 collections, consisting of approximately 120,000 indexed documents. In particular, the material includes presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, and confidential letters. The collections covering Latin American and Caribbean issues cover, for instance, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the U.S. influence in domestic policies in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Gazeta de Puerto Rico La Gazeta was the official newspaper of the Spanish government in Puerto Rico and, therefore, is a primary research source for studying the colonial Spanish regime through the 19th century. The newspaper offers detailed information about the colonial government in Puerto Rico, including reports from the governor, treasury, trade, postal services, royal decrees, and political appointments. It contains unique and valuable data collected through population censuses held in the island, provides general news portraying daily and cultural life, and major disasters that affected the Island were fully reported. The access is provided through the Library of Congress of the U.S. and includes browsing the issues published between 1836 and 1902.

Hathi Trust Digital Library HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources. This digital library has currently digitized over 15 million of total volumes, more than 7 million corresponding to book titles. Almost 40 percent is in the public domain. There is not only available an advanced research tool and several collections, but it also allows to build your own collection.

EMIS Emerging Markets Information Service  Multilingual collection of news and information sources about emerging markets, including Latin American ones, developed by the Euromoney Institutional Investor company. The database includes full-text primary news sources, financial data, statistics, reports, and legal information. It is possible to search by company, industry, or country.

LAOAP Latin American Open Archives Portal  It provides access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America by research institutes, nongovernmental organizations, and peripheral agencies. It encompasses working documents, pre-prints, research papers, statistical documents, and other difficult-to-access materials not controlled by commercial publishers.  The portal provides access to digital content from participating data providers and specialized searching services for the Latin Americanist social sciences research community. A project developed by LARRP and the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), its partner institutions are spread throughout Latin America. The webpage is available in Spanish and English. .

Latin American and Caribbean Digital Primary Sources The Latin American and Caribbean Digital Primary Sources portal lists open access digital portals to primary sources for the use of historical research. Each item is annotated and the list is organized into six main categories: “Historical Texts by Country“, “Historical Texts/General“, “Statistics“, “Visual Material by Country“, “Visual Material General“, and “Miscellaneous.” The site is hosted and maintained by SALALM, the association of Latin American Librarians. Currently, inclusion in the list is reserved for portals in created and maintained by SALALM member institutions. Portals are added frequently, so you are encouraged to visit periodically.

Latin American Databank The LAD provides a portal for Latin American datasets acquired, processed and archived by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, at Cornell University. The collection includes data from public opinion surveys conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean by universities, institutes, individual scholars, private polling, and public opinion research firms. Studies are searchable by location, decade, whether correspond to multi-country researches. It also includes a map. The website includes video tutorials and a blog. The Rope Center has , , and .

Latin American Newspapers Collection, 1805-1922 It is a database that provides online access to digitized historical newspapers published in the 19th and 20th centuries in LLatinAmerica, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. It includes full version of thousands of issues published in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The criteria of searching are titles, places of publication, dates, and the language in which they were published.

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.

Latinobarómetro It is an annual public opinion survey from the Latin American Public Project at Vanderbilt University involving over 20,000 interviews in 18 Latin American countries. The website is available in Spanish.

Luso Brazilian History and Culture: Oliveira Lima Library Pamphlets The archive contains pamphlets from the personal library of Brazilian diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima (1867-1928). Most of the pamphlets in the collection are on Brazilian subjects or their authors are Brazilian; the majority were published in Brazil or Portugal. Within the online archive, Portuguese is the language of 91 percent of the pamphlets. All Brazilian provinces and states are represented, either topically or as places of publication. The most important subject areas are history, politics and literature. Other topics include social and economic conditions, travel, agriculture, immigration, indigenous peoples, religion, women’s rights, the press, infrastructure, the First World War, to mention a few. The years of publication for the pamphlet collection within the Library itself range from 1801 to 1983 and the online archive includes pamphlets through the early 1920s along with a number of later public domain publications.

Memoria Chilena It is a website supported and maintained by the National Library in Chile. There are digitized historical newspapers and magazines, letters, photos, maps, and visual material. There are historical and classical Chilean works of historians, writers, and intellectuals since the independence of the country. The website is in Spanish.

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.

Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice  This digital collection bring together primary source documents from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world, allowing to explore and compare unique material relating to slavery, abolition, and social justice. Documents, maps, images, and court records are available for searching and downloading. The advanced option allows to narrow the search by region, theme, library, and document type. Among the key areas of focus, the collection includes slavery in the early Americas, slavery and agriculture, slave testimony, and spiritualism, among other. Case studies from specific countries, such as Brazil and Cuba, are also available.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery Archive Slavery and Anti-Slavery it is transnational archive about the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions. The database provides access to more than 5 million of cross-searchable pages, over 12,000 books, manuscripts, court records, among other primary sources regarding slavery in the world. The archive is supported by several partners, such the Amistad Research Center, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the British Library, Oberlin College, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among many other institutions.

Slavery & Anti-Slavery Pamphlets from the Libraries of Salmon P. Chase & John P. Hale (1830-1867) The 166 slavery and anti-slavery pamphlets included in ProQuest Civil War Era expand on individual perspectives of government officials, clergy, social reformists, and others. The pamphlets collections are from the libraries of Salmon P. Chase and John P. Hale.

Sur Digital Archive SUR, one of the most important and influential literary magazines published in South America in the twentieth century created and edited by well-known writer Victoria Ocampo, is now available as a full-text searchable, digital archive. SUR, 1931-1991 contains images of the complete run of the magazine — including covers, photographs and advertisements — with an interface in both Spanish and English.

World Scholar: Latin America World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean provides full text, searchable access to a digital collection of primary (and secondary) source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean. The scope ranges from the colonial period to the present and includes monographs, manuscripts, pamphlets, letters, expedition records, journals, periodicals, reports, maps, diaries, descriptions of voyages, and newspaper accounts.

Latin America en Video Latin America in Video offers quality original language documentaries from some of the most important producers and independent filmmakers in Latin America. The films were produced in Latin America, by Latin Americans, about Latin American issues, such as cultural identity, political history, human rights, popular culture, agribusiness, education, religion, and much more.

Latin American Visuals online repository It is a unique resource featuring materials gathered by Latin Americanist scholars from multiple institutions for use by students and scholars alike. By combining these materials on one web site, individuals will be able to experience the rich culture, heritage, and natural beauty of Latin America and Antarctica.

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.

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 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  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 Online 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.

Digitalia 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 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: “database 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.'”

Mapeo de las Intervenciones de Seguridad Ciudadana en Centroamérica This website provides access to data, legislation, news, research, and analysis on Central America security. Supported by the Inter-American dialogue, the portal uncovers topics such as citizen security, gangs, drug policy, and international cooperation, among others, in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and the US. It is available in English and Spanish

EBSCO Latino Literature   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.

Academic Search Complete

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 Researcher

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)

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 1907-1984

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 Sciences

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

JSTOR

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 Online

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)

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 MUSE

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 Database

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