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

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed

Scholarly journals are particularly important in academic research.

  • They contain original research by scholars in a specific discipline.
  • Articles include in-text citations and references.
  • Articles in peer-reviewed journals go through a rigorous vetting process.

Look for a box in databases that will allow you to limit your results to articles from scholarly or peer-reviewed journals.

Country Profiles


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Find Maps (U.N.)


An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History

Directories & Portals

Find Books and Media

  • CBBcat - The Library Catalog of Colby, Bates & Bowdoin
    Search for books, CDs, videos and more.
  • Hathi Trust  - Search for the full-text of books and other materials that have been digitized by major university libraries from their collections. Don't forgot to log in, which involves selecting Colby College from their drop-down menu.
  • WorldCat - An easy way to search for books and other materials not at Colby. Can click Request through ILLiad@Colby link to order. To sign up for ILLiad, our inter-library loan service, click on My Accounts on the library home page.
  • WorldCat First Search - A more elaborate version of WorldCat with more options and functionality.

Searching Tips:

  • Use quotes to glue a phrase together. E.g. "Latin America"
  • Use an asterisk as a wild card to cover word variations. E.g. Maya* (for Maya, Mayan, Mayans)
  • Broaden your search by using OR with parentheses. E.g. (army OR military). Results can contain either term.
  • Narrow your search by using AND. E.g. censorship AND media.
  • Refine your search through search strings. E.g. censorship AND (media OR newspaper*)
  • Find one good item? Click on a record's Subject Headings to find similar material.
  • Expand your reach, sign up for ILLiad, our Interlibrary loan service.
  • Order directly from within WorldCat by clicking on Request through ILLiad@Colby.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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News & Current Events

For more newspaper options, contemporary and historical, look at the Colby Libraries Newspaper Guide

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Many websites and subscription databases allow you to create a newsfeed tailored to your specific country and/or interest area. If you need help with this, just let me know.


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

I'm available for individual or group research consultations. Just email me your best dates/times.

Or drop by during my office hours.
Spring 2018 Office Hours:
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Wednesdays: 1-2:30pm
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