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Latin American Studies Research Guide: Home

An introductory guide to doing research in Latin American studies in the UCSD Library

Finding Books and other materials

 Use the following databases to locate materials in UCSD and other libraries:



Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary subject area which involves many countries (at least 23), regions (MesoAmerica, Central America, and South America and others), languages and cultures (Spanish, African, English, French, Portuguese, and Indigenous) and many subject disciplines, including Anthropology, Art and Art History, History, Economics, Geography, International Affairs, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.

This research guide is intended for students and researchers in Latin American Studies of all levels. It lists general resources related to Latin American Studies, including books, journals, and online resources available at UCSD and within the broader UC Library System.



Beginning Your Research

Information about Latin America can be found in a variety of formats and disciplines.   Much of what you find will be in Spanish or Portuguese.  This guide is designed to direct you to major sources of information in a variety of areas:

Begin searching for books using Melvyl - in the box to your left.  It is best to begin with UC Libraries then expand out to Libraries Worldwide.

To locate academic journal articles, use the various databases listed in the box below. News sources are listed on another tab at the top.

Theses and Disseratations (see below) are often important sources of original information and their bibliographies can lead you to other sources.

Primary sources are of particular importance in doing historical research or identifying first-hand perspectives on topics.  Some of the information may be in archives that have been digitized.  In some cases, the documents themselves may not yet be digitized, but finding aids to those collections help you identify if they can be helpful in your research.

Government information from Latin America often includes presidential messages, statements of public policy, and goverment produced statistics about country and its activities.  U.S. government information (particularly hearings and State Department documents) contain a wealth of information about U.S. relations with Latin America.

Much of the social science literature related to Latin America is published in grey literature (information produced by non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and other non-commercial publishing houses).

Quantitative data (statistics, data sets/ public opinion surveys, etc.) are important sources to use to support ideas you put forth.  These may require a basic knowledge of statistical program such as STATA. 


Finding Journal Articles


Sarah Buck Kachaluba
Geisel Library (west wing)

Web Portals/Internet Search Engines

Use the following portal to identify high-quality information on the Internet about Latin America: