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Latin American Studies: Key Sources

This guide contains resources and links related to South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latino(a) communities in the U.S.

Directories & Portals

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries


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Find Maps (U.N.)


An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History

Country Profiles & Data

Photo by Gunther Wegner: Kukenán-tepui, Guayana Region, Venezuela

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Latin American Studies Librarian

Laine Thielstrom
Office: Miller 107A
Phone: (207) 859-5140

Quick-Answer Email:
Sundays 7pm - 9pm

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Drop-ins are also welcome if I'm in and available. Check the sign on my door.

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