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Latin American Studies: Finding Books

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

Finding Books

There are many resources to use to find books at UCSD, as well as the broader San Diego, California, and Global Community.  UCSD has its own catalog and also belongs to several consortial catalogs.  

ROGER UCSD Library online catalog 

CIRCUIT - UCSD, SDSU, USD, CSUSM, San Diego County Libraries  

MELVYL - University of California and Libraries Worldwide  

[Please note that the default level of searching and results for MELVYL is "Libraries Worldwide" (WorldCat).  Once you have run an initial search, you can change this to University of California Library or UC San Diego Library by clicking in the correct check box in the Library box on the left].   

There are many strategies for carrying out your search using one or all of these tools:

One is to start with ROGER to see what you have access to at UCSD (both physically and electronically).  From ROGER you can expand out to CIRCUIT (the San Diego Library Network) or  MELVYL (which gives you access to the University of California Network or the Global Library Consortium, WorldCat.)

Alternatively, you can start with MELVYL which draws its records from WorldCat (a consortial, global library catalog).  From there you can drill down to materials in the University of California System and UCSD.  Please note that the default level of searching and results for MELVYL is "Libraries Worldwide" (WorldCat).  Once you have run an initial search, you can change this to University of California Library or UC San Diego Library by clicking in the correct check box in the Library box on the left. 

Other resources, including HaithiTrust, Cibera, and the Handbook of Latin American Studies provide additional citations.  The advantage to beginning with MELVYL and then expanding to broader searches or narrowing to more narrow ones is that the MELVYL interface pulls in databases (so you can search for articles at the same time that you search for books) and it also includes faceting, which helps you to narrow down the results of your search by format, subject, or other criteria.  On the other hand, starting with ROGER  lets you identify local resources you can access right away, and you can do the same search in a broader catalog (Circuit or Mevyl) by clicking on the link on the right.

Other Resources include:

HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and an access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and copyrighted content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Content is full-text searchable; most items published before 1923 are full-text viewable and downloadable.

This is a world-wide, consortial catalog of OCLC member libraries that includes over 50 million online records in multiple formats. MELVYL (The University of California Libraries) is a selection of WorldCat records. This is the best place to look for a particular source that is not held in California, or to do a search by subject heading(s) to find materials outside of California. The link above brings you into one of two versions of WorldCat provided by UCSD Library. For the other, click on Databases A-Z and choose the WorldCat FirstSearch option. This allows you to see more more details about and to have more options in searching for similar records.

German collaborative project providing access to library catalogs, internet resource links, periodical databases; newspapers, and wikis with content for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal

The Handbook of Latin American Studies is an annotated bibliography of Latin American Studies literature produced by research librarians at the Library of Congress.

For the print version, see:
Handbook of Latin American studies. Austin [etc.] : University of Texas Press [etc.].
Geisel Reference, Request from SRLF ; Reference, Geisel Floor2 West, Offsite (SRLF) ; F1408 .H33 ; Library Use Only, AVAILABLE

Find reporting, analysis on US Congressional issues in the news and coverage of the status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee actiity and backroom maneuvering. Includes: CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher Plus Archive, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, and Supreme Court Yearbook. All include information on Latin America particularly in the context of US-Latin American relations.

The main IMF website ( also has a tab for publications, which provides a link to the e-Library as well as other publication formats.

Collection of free ebooks on many topics throughout the world