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

Important Information!!


In order to access the Library's electronic resources from an off-campus computer, you need to set up Virtual Private Network (VPN) access.

To get immediate help, use the Library’s Ask-Us-Now page which has recently been redesigned in light of the critical need for online and timely information.

Additional tips for optimal connectivity:

1. Please make sure you have downloaded the VPN client and have it set for 2-Step Secured allthruUCSD.  See the necessary directions/links here.  To make sure you have properly set up your VPN, test it here.  If possible, make sure you also set up Duo Two-Step Login (instructions and help here).

2. Please make sure you are using the best browser for your particular computer.  Unless you are using an actual PC, you probably need to use the most native browser to that system -- such as Safari for Apple, Microsoft Edge for a Surface Pro, and Chrome for a Chromebook. 



I am very happy to try to acquire print or e-versions of desired materials, including high-use materials assigned in classes.  IF YOU KNOW OF TITLES YOU WANT – ESPECIALLY EBOOKS TO INCREASE ACCESS RIGHT NOW -- please email me directly!  Likewise, our Film Librarian is very busy working to acquire online (streamable) versions of films.  If you need these materials for course use, please submit through Course Reserves.

For less urgent requests -- or to ensure that I will receive 2 messages about the item, use the Recommend a Purchase Form.



Using UC Library Search (which combines the UC-Wide and UC-Specific library catalogs) to find books, articles, and other resources is explored in more depth on other tabs/pages of this guide, such as use to Beginning Your Research in Latin American Studies (especially the information regarding Search Strategies found by scrolling down to the bottom of the page) and Finding Books


Additional Resources

Additional Research Guides which are particularly helpful for their subject content or given the focus on virtual services and tools at this time include:

Human Rights

Latin American Studies Online

US-Mexican Border

Film, Video and Streaming Collections, which provides significant information about accessing streaming film content and using it in instruction

Resources for Teaching Online

Data Science and Data Services

GIS & Geospatial Technologies, which provides GIS tutorials, data, books, course-specific GIS guides and other geospatial related information that might be of interest and access to our GIS Librarian, Amy Work.

Copyright (including page on Copyright in Times of Crisis: Covid-19)



Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary subject area which involves many countries (at least 23), regions (MesoAmerica, Central America, 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.

Use the tabs to navigate this guide, and be sure to scroll down to see the content on each page.  

Click on the tab "Beginning Your Research in Latin American Studies" to identify key, specialized Latin American resources which provide excellent starting points for many topics on Latin America.  Please also email me if you have additional research questions, would like to set up a research consultation, or have other suggested resources to include in this guide.

For learning or practicing Spanish, Mango Languages, offered via the UCSD LInguistics Department is a great online resource.






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Sarah Buck Kachaluba
Geisel Library (west wing)

Latin American Research Centers at UCSD

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) 

The Center for US-Mexican Studies 

Institute of the Americas 

The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) 

Although its scope is broader than Latin America, the CCIS frequently examines issues related to Latin American migration

Quickguide to Upper Division Research in Arts & Humanities and Social Science Disciplines

Click HERE to access to a document highlighting key methods and resources for conducting research in upper-division undergraduate and graduate Arts & Humanities and Social Science Subject Areas.