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Bibliographies and Guides to Historical Literature

The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature / general editor, Mary Beth Norton; associate editor, Pamela Gerardi. - New ork: Oxford University Press, 1995. - 2 v.; 27 cm.
Call Number: REF D20.A64
Carefully selected books and articles covering all major topic areas in historical research. Not intended to be exhaustive; instead the editors emphasize the best and most important works published for each subject area, concentrating on writings published between 1961 and 1992. All entries contain brief, useful annotations. Should be supplemented with a search in the Book Reviews section of the American Historical Review and other journals for the period after 1992.

Cambridge History of Latin America / edited by Leslie Bethell. - Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984-1995. - 11 v.: ill. ; 24 cm. - Includes bibliographies and indexes.
Call Number: REF F1410.C1834

Excellent multi-volume narrative and analytical histories covering the full range of historical inquiry in the region. Contains contributions from dozens of distinguished historians. The chapters effectively synthesize previous scholarship and summarize major themes, and each volume includes useful bibliographical essays.

Country Studies/Area Handbook Series (Federal Research Division, Library of Congress)

This site contains all currently available titles in the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series originally produced in print by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress (and sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army). Each title "presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions" of a country or region. The titles are not continuously updated, so in all cases the date of publication should be consulted for currency of information. Handbooks are available for the following countries covered within the scope of this course:
  • Argentina (1985) - Call Number: REF F2808.A6537
  • Belize - (1992)Call Number: REF F2368.G893
  • Bolivia - (1989)Call Number: REF F3308.B685
  • Brazil - (1998)Call Number: REF F2508.B846
  • Chile - (1994)Call Number: REF F3058.C5223
  • Colombia - (1988)Call Number: REF F2258.C64
  • Costa Rica - (1970)Call Number: REF F1543.B66
  • Dominican Republic -(1989)Call Number: REF F1934.D64
  • Ecuador - (1989)Call Number: REF F3708.E383
  • El Salvador - (1988)Call Number: REF F1483.B55
  • Guatemala - (1983)Call Number: REF F1463.G944
  • Honduras - (1993)Call Number: REF F1503.H75
  • Mexico - (1996)Call Number: REF F1208.M5828
  • Nicaragua - (1993)Call Number: REF F1523.N569
  • Panama - (1987)Call Number: REF F1563.P323
  • Paraguay - (1988)Call Number: REF F2668.P24
  • Peru - (1992)Call Number: REF F3408.P4646
  • Uruguay - (1990)Call Number: REF F2708.U855
  • Venezuela - (1990)Call Number: REF F2308.W4

Handbook of Latin American Studies. - Austin: University of Texas Press. - v. 24 [1]- 1935- .
Call Number: REF Z1605.H26

The Handbook is a selective annotated bibliography of scholarly works on Latin America. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the print version of the Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities (history is included in the Humanities volumes). Works reviewed include books, articles from over 2,800 journals, book chapters, and conference papers in various disciplines. In addition to the print edition, the Library of Congress has now made all volumes of the Handbook available online in a searchable database.

Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources / edited by Paula H. Covington ; David Block ... [et al.], associate editors. - New York: Greenwood Press, 1992. - xvi, 924 p. ; 29 cm. - Includes indexes.
Call Number: REF F1408.L387

Excellent annotated bibliography for Latin American studies includes over 100 pages covering Latin American history, plus related sections identifying major resources for biography, economics, geography, politics, and related topics. A great starting point for research.

Latin American Studies: A Basic Guide to Sources, 2nd ed., rev. and enl. / Robert A. McNeil, editor, Barbara G. Valk, associate editor ; [contributing editors, Carole Travis, Roger R. Macdonald, Ann E. Wade ; contributors, Laurence Hallewell, et al.]. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1990. - xi, 458 p. ; 23 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Call Number: REF Z1601.L324

Unlike Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources above, this bibliography is organized according to resources types (e.g., bibliographies, dictionaries, periodicals, etc.) rather than subjects, but it is still a very useful guide to information sources for historical research.

The Organization of American States

/ David Sheinin. - New Brunswick, [N.J.], U.S.A.: Transaction Publishers, 1996. - xxiii, 209 p. ; 23 cm - Includes indexes.
Call Number: REF F1402.S5

Bibliographic guide to works by and about this important international organization includes annotated entries for books, government publications, and articles; English language publications are emphasized, although some Spanish-language publications are included. Chapters cover reference and general works, history, major events, Pan-Americanism, the role of the OAS in the politics of the western hemisphere, and specific issues.
World Bibliographical Series (ABC-CLIO)
A series of book published by ABC-CLIO providing annotated bibliographies of English-language materials about the countries of the world. Most volumes include useful sections on history, population, labor, politics and government, and other relevant topics. Several volumes are available as electronic books through netLibrary (which requires that you create a personal account), and links for these are included below. The Cheng Library currently offers titles in this series for the following countries:
  • Brazil [electronic resource], Rev. ed. / John P. Dickenson, compiler. - Oxford, Eng.; Santa Barbara, Calif.: Clio Press, 1997. - xxviii, 244 p. : map ; 22 cm.
  • Cuba [electronic resource] / Jean Stubbs, Lila Haines and Meic F. Haines, compilers. - Oxford, Eng.; Santa Barbara, Calif.: Clio Press, 1996. - xxx, 337 p., [1] leaf of plates : map ; 23 cm.
  • Nicaragua / Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., compiler; edited by Sheila R. Herstein. - Oxford, England; Santa Barbara, Calif.: Clio Press, 1983. - xxiii, 254 p. : map ; 23 cm. - Includes index.
    Call Number: REF Z1481.W66 92.

Biographical Resources

Biographical Dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean Political Leaders / edited by Robert J. Alexander. - New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. - x, 509 p. ; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographies and index.
Call Number: REF F1414.2.B48
Over 450 biographical essays treating Latin American political leaders of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The essays are not lengthy, ranging from a paragraph to more than a page, but all include a bibliography pointing to additional sources.

Biography Reference Bank
This full-text database contains citations to biographical information for over 500,000 people, including thousands of full-text essays in the database and links to over 380,000 related full-text articles. The essays vary in length and quality, but most include substantial detail and a selected bibliography. Several entires also contain links to related resources (e.g., articles about the subject). Please note that online access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.

Dictionary of World Biography / Frank N. Magill, editor; Christina J. Moose, managing editor; Alison Aves, researcher and bibliographer. - Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers ; Pasadena : Salem Press, 1998- . - v. : ill. ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Call Number: REF CT104.D54
Individuals from Latin American countries are not well-represented here, but the available essays are substantive, ranging in length from 2,000 to 3,000 words. Each biographical sketch concludes with an overview of the person's place in history and a selective annotated bibliography.

Liberators and Patriots of Latin America: Biographies of 23 Leaders from Doña Marina (1505-1530) to Bishop Romero (1917-1980) / by Jerome R. Adams. - Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., c1991. - xi, 289 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Call Number: REF F1407.A33


Historical Dictionary of Bolivia / by Dwight B. Heath. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972. - vi, 324 p. 22 cm. - Bibliography: p. 266-324.
Call Number: REF F3304.H4

Historical Dictionary of Chile / by Salvatore Bizzarro. - 2nd ed., rev., enl., and updated. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1987. - xv, 583 p. : maps ; 23 cm. - Bibliography: p. [535]-583.
Call Number: REF F3054.B5

Historical Dictionary of Colombia / by Robert H. Davis. - 2nd ed. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993. - xi, 600 p. : map ; 23 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 539-600).
Call Number: REF F2254.D38

Historical Dictionary of Cuba / by Jaime Suchlicki. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1988. - xxxvi, 368 p. : 1 map ; 22 cm. - Bibliography: p. 306-359.
Call Number: REF F1754.S83

Historical Dictionary of Honduras / by Harvey K. Meyer and Jessie H. Meyer - 2nd ed., rev., enl., and updated. - Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1994. - xxvi, 708 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. [689]-708).
Call Number: REF F1502.M56

Historical Dictionary of Venezuela / by Donna Keyse Rudolph and G.A. Rudolph. - 2nd ed., rev., enl., and updated. - Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1996. - xxix, 954 p. : ill., 1 map ; 23 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 745-954).
Call Number: F2304.R8

Latin America: A Political Dictionary / Ernest E. Rossi, Jack C. Plano. - Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, c1992. - ix, 242 p. ; 26 cm. - Includes index. - Organized by topic area; includes several historical concepts.
Call Number: REF F1406.R67


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean, 2nd ed. / general editors, Simon Collier, Thomas E. Skidmore, Harold Blakemore. - Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1992. - 479 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm. - Map on lining papers. - Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number: REF F1406.C36

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures / edited by Daniel Balderston, Mike Gonzalez and Ana M. López. - New York: Routledge, 2000. - (3 vols.) 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number: REF F1406.E515
This three-volume reference attempts to provide wide coverage of all aspects of culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. Entries include topics in architecture cinema, geography, cultural institutions, education, fashion and design, food and drink, intellectual life, language and literature, media, music and the performing arts, politics and history, religion, society, sport and leisure, and the visual arts. Many of the entries are brief biographical sketches of significant individuals. Except in the case of major topics, most of the entries are farily brief. The text includes numerous cross-references marked by the use of bold type, and the lengthier entries feature bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture / edited by Luis Martínez-Fernández ... [et al.]. - Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003. - 2 v. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 26 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number: REF F1754.E53
Over 700 entries in two volumes address Cuban history and society. The entries, which are supplemented by a generous selection of maps, illustrations and statistical tables, range from biographical profiles of important individuals to important historical themes and events to geography to major cultural topics. Most entries are fairly brief, but they include bibliographical references. The appendices include a selection of important historical documents.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture / Barbara A. Tenenbaum, editor in chief ; associate editors, Georgette Magassy Dorn ... [et al.]. - New York: C. Scribner's Sons ; London: Simon & Schuster: Prentice Hall International, 1996. - 5 v. : ill., maps ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number: REF F1406.E53
Five volumes and 5,287 entries range across Latin American history, with an emphasis on biographical entries, plus articles about places, events, groups such as indigenous peoples, and other topics.

Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture / editor, Michael S. Werner; cartographer, Tom Willcockson; indexer, AEIOU, Inc.; commissioning editor, Robert M. Salkin. - Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997. - 2 v. (xli, 1749 p.) : ill., maps ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Maps on endpapers.
Call Number: REF F1204.E539
This two-volume reference covers the historical development of Mexico, with lengthy essays treating a wide range of topics. Biographical, cultural and political topics are covered, and each esssay includes selected bibliographies to further readings, most in English. Maps are grouped in each volume, and general maps are printed on the endpapers.

Encyclopedia of the Inter-American System / G. Pope Atkins.- Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. - xxii, 561 p., [2] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. [533]-536) and index.
Call Number: REF F1410.A79
This first-rate reference contains approximately 250 essays dealing with the most important topics relating to the Inter-American system, which Atkins dates from the First International Conference of American States in 1889, though entries for earlier significant subjects (e.g., the Monroe Doctrine) are included. Many of the longer entries feature well-selected bibliographies, and there are cross-references throughout the text. A chronology of principal events, several useful appendices, and a bibliographical essay round out the book.

Encyclopedia of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the New American Community, and Latin-American Trade / Jerry M. Rosenberg.- Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. - x, 562 p. ; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. [519]-520) and index.
Call Number: REF HC94.R668
Excellent guide to the concepts and terminology of the complex North American Free Trade Agreement, which runs to 2,000 pages in its printed format, written by a specialist in international trade. Terms are organized alphabetically, with extensive cross-references, and a brief bibliography.

Geographical Resources, Maps and Atlases

Atlas of Mexico / by James B. Pick, Edgar W. Butler, Elizabeth L. Lanzer. - Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1989. - xxi, p. 367 : ill. ; 26 cm. - Includes index.
Call Number: REF G1545.P5

Atlas of South America / Moshe Brawer. - New York; London: Simon & Schuster, 1991. - 1 atlas (144 p.) : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 31 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 131) and annotated bibliography (p. 132-138). - Includes indexes and glossary.
Call Number: REF G1700.B7

Latin America on File / Valerie Tomaselli-Moschovitis. - New York: Facts on File, 1995. - 1 atlas (1 loose-leaf v.) : maps, charts ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliography and index.
Call Number: REF G1540.T6

Statistical Resources

Electoral Data Sets
This site includes electoral data from third-wave democracies (including South America) gathered by Miguel Centellas at Western Michigan University. Currently includes data for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. [College & Research Libraries News]

Health Data from the Pan American Health Organization
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is a regional office of the World Health Organization. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. The Health Data section of its web site includes a large collection of statistical resources on health in the region, including an "Atlas of Inequaities," basic health indicators, country health profiles, and longitudinal tables for trends and situation analyses.

International Historical Statistics: The Americas, 1750-1988 / B.R. Mitchell. - New York: Stockton Press, 1993. - xx, 817 p. ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references.
Call Number: REF HA175.M55
Broad compilation of historical statistics derived from a variety of (cited!) sources, covering population, the labor force, agriculture, industry, trade, transport and communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts.

Statistical Abstract of Latin America / prepared by Committee on Latin American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles. - Los Angeles : The University, 1956- . - v. ; 28 cm. Annual.
Call Number: REF HA935.S8
This statistical compilation has a contemporary emphasis, but the Library has retained editions going back almost twenty years, so older volumes can be consulted for their historical value. The older volumes are located in the Oversize collection on the second floor.

Statistical Information from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world. This section of its web site features a rich collection of statistical data, including the annual Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean. The full text of the Yearbook is available from this page for every year from 1999 forward.

Web Sites and Other Internet Resources

Derechos Human Rights is an international organization working for the respect and promotion of human rights all over the world. Its work consists on educating the public about human rights and human rights violations; on investigating human rights abuses, including their causes, development and consequences; on contributing to the development of international and national human rights law and the rule of law; on preserving the memory of the victims of human rights violations and fighting against the impunity of human rights violators; and on carrying out hands-on projects of assistance to human rights NGOs, activists and victims of human rights or humanitarian law violations. The site is an excellent source to online information about human rights in Latin America. [College & Research Libraries News]

Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (Zapatistas Communiques)
This site contains the communiques of Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatistas, and photographs. [College & Research Libraries News]

H-LatAm is an international forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative and affiliated with the Conference On Latin American History. H-LatAm's web site includes reviews of recent publications in Latin American history, an archive of discussions, and links to other resources.

Internet Resources for Latin America
Maintained by Molly Molloy, the Latin American and Borderlands Specialist at the New Mexico State University Library, this is a first-rate directory to a wide variety of online Latin America information resources. Among the subjects covered are current events, subscription and public domain databases, electronic books, library catalogs, digital library projects, scholarly and professional organizations, newsgroups, and Spanish-language search tools.

Latin American National Archives
This site contains links to the National Archives of Latin American nation states, some of which have digitized collections online.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. While many of its resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, the site also functions as a general gateway to Latin America for anyone looking for information about the region.

Latin American Studies Association
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. Its web site includes a "Useful Links" section containg well-selected online resources.

Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room
This site contains digital information on Iberia and Latin America, including country studies prepared by library staff and the online edition of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, an annual bibliography of monographs and scholarly articles about Latin America that have been published since 1939. [College & Research Libraries News]

Organization of American States
This site, which includes all Latin American countries except Cuba, has useful information concerning member countries and its own organization and procedures. See especially the "Publications," "Documents & Reports," and "Resources" sections of the site for access to the OAS Library Catalog and many full-text documents.

Political Database of the Americas
Based at Georgetown University, the Political Database of the Americas is a non-governmental Internet-based project that provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Of special note are the election data files, most of which include historical data.

Research Sites for Latin American History
A high-quality directory of links for Latin American history, selected and maintained by Prof. Richard W. Slatta, Profess of History at North Carolina State University.

Sources and General Resources on Latin America
Large link directory of online Latin American studies resources compiled and maintained by Prof. Steven Volk, Department of History, Oberlin College.

Indexes/Databases for Locating Periodical Literature

The indexes and databases below are restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.

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