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Latin American Studies: Finding Articles

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

Overview for Finding Articles


   Please note that there are a number of boxes with different resources on this page, including:


  • A link to a page on this research guide dedicated to finding news sources on Latin America
  • Key Latin American Studies Journals
    • The box at the top contains databases that focus on Latin American resources (produced/published/distributed) in Latin America or that focus on Latin American themes
    • The box at the bottom contains databases focusing on specific subjects which include information about Latin American among other regions (for example, there are databases in this list focusing on education environmental issues, history, literature, psychology, etc.)  PLEASE LOOK FOR AN APPROPRIATE DATABASE IN THIS SECOND BOX if you don't find anything in the first one.

News Articles

See the News Sources on Latin America tab to find news articles that may constitute primary or secondary sources depending on your project

Key Latin American Studies Periodicals

The following journals are dedicated to publishing articles on Latin America. It may be useful to browse the table of contents (electronically, or physically – in the library) for some of them to get an idea of the kinds of subjects that scholars in particular fields work on and to find articles for your research.  Clicking on the titles will bring you to the UCSD Catalog (Roger) record to see how to access them physically (on the shelf) or electronically (online)

Américas (Washington, Organization of American States) 

The Americas (West Bethesda, Md. [etc.]: Academy of American Franciscan History)

Canadian journal of Latin American and Caribbean studies

Colonial Latin American Review

EcoAméricas: A Monthly Report on Development and the Environment in Latin America

Estudios Mexicanos/Mexican Studies


Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR)

Hispanic Review

Journal of Caribbean History

Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies

Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Journal of Latin American Studies (JLAS)

Latin American Research Review (LARR)

Latin American Perspectives (LAP)

Luso-Brazilian Review

NACLA Report on the Americas

Revista europea de estudios latinoamericanos y del Caribe = European review of Latin American and Caribbean studies

Revista Iberoamericana

Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin-American Studies

Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology [Open-access journal publishing articles in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French]

Subject or Regionally Specific Databases Useful for Latin American Searches


americanismo (CEEIB and Redial) 

Portal providing access to Latin American resources identified by two scholarly networks dedicated to scientific and academic cooperation between Spain and Latin America: the Consejo Español de Estudios Iberoamericano (CEEIB) and the Red Europea de Documentación de Información (Redial) sobre América Latina. Includes links to online periodicals, unpublished presentations, digital libraries, and bibliographic databases.

ClasePeriodica Licensed by UCSD 

CLASE indexes articles published in over 1200 Latin American journals in the social sciences and humanities. PERIODICA covers over 1400 Latin American journals in science and technology. The merged database has over 400,00 citations dating back to 1975.

Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO) Virtual Library Database 

Contains the publications of 159 research organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean that form the membership of CLACSO. Spanish Language.


Carries over 1100 open access e-journals, primarily written and published in the Spanish language. Dialnet is produced and hosted by the Universidad de La Rioja in Spain.

Handbook of Latin American Studies 

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

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 HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index Licensed by UCSD 

1970-present. Lists journal articles on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the U.S.-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the U.S.


Vanderbilt University's LAPOP carries out surveys of public opinion in the Americas. Every two years it carries out the AmericasBarometer survey (which FSU subscribes to), which currently covers all 26 Latin American countires in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Each year also it publishes dozens of academic studies and policy-relevant papers on more focused topics.


Sistema regional de información en linea para Revistas científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, Espana y Portugal; Regional system of online information for scientific magazines of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. Does not index at the article level. Allows for browsing and searching of periodicals by title, subject, region, country, and publisher. Excellent source to verify publication information.


Red de Revistas Cientificas de America Latina y el Caribe, Espana y Portugal (Web of Scientific Magazines of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal). Does not index at the article level. Allows for browsing and searching of periodicals by title, subject, region, country, and publisher. Excellent source to verify publication information.


Scientific Electronic Library Online, covering over 400,000 articles from 1000 academic journals published in Latin America.

[Brazil] Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea (CPDOC) do Brasil 

Center of Research and Documentation for the Contemporary History of Brazil

[Central America] Academico Enlace Centroamerica 

Portal to published and non-published Central American research resources, institutes and organizations.

[Central America] Metabase: Bibliografía en Red 

MetaBase se permite accesar y ubicar recursos bibliográficos disponibles en bibliotecas y centros de documentación en Centroamérica.

Encuentra una biblioteca por el URL:

Pone el programa en su computadora por el URL:

[Central America] Central American Journals Online 

[Central America] Repositorio Centroamericano 

The SIIDCA-CSUCA discoverer provides access to the contents and complete texts of institutional repositories of CSUCA's universities.

[Mesoamerican/Pre-Columbian Studies] Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI) 

Website provides definitions and maps of key terms and locations and specialized database, including Bibliografia Mesoamericana, the Maya Vase Database, and A Precolumbian Portfolio (with photographs of pre-Columbian Objects)

More General Databases Useful for Latin American Studies Searches

SSRN: Social Science Research Network/Political Science Network

World Bank e-Library  Licensed by UCSD

The World Bank e-library is an online, fully cross-searchable portal of World Bank documents. The collection consists of World Bank publications and Policy Research Working Papers, plus each new book and paper as they are published.


Military & Government Collection  Licensed by UCSD 

Offers current news on all branches of the military and government through a collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites.

IMF eLibrary  Licensed by UCSD

Provides comprehensive access to International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS), Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), and Government Finance Statistics (GFS) databases. Also provides access to the International Monetary Fund's recent publications, including periodicals, books, analytical papers, and statistical tools.


Full text of law reviews/legal periodicals plus primary sources such as the Code of Federal Regulations; Federal Register; Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS); Treaties and Agreements Library; United States Code; U.S. Attorney General Opinions; U.S. Congressional Documents; U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals; U.S. Federal Legislative History Library; U.S. Statutes at Large; World Constitutions Illustrated. Includes additional databases: National Survey of State Laws; Religion and the Law; Subject Compilations of State Laws; Women and the Law (Peggy); World Treaty Library