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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.

Find Articles in Databases

Have an article citation from a bibliography? Search for the article in OneSearch using the row drop-down menus to define citation elements.

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Journals

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.

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


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An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History


OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:

  • Finding full text of a citation
  • Finding material on a very precise topic
  • Finding book chapters about a particular author or work
  • Finding book reviews

Use limiters and drop-downs in Advanced Search to focus your search!

Contextual Information: Directories & Portals

Primary Sources

This guide also has a page with suggestions of sites to find primary sources related to Latin America. See the tab Primary Sources in the menu bar above. Or link directly here.


News & Current Events

Colby Libraries Current & Historical Newspaper Guide

This guide has links to contemporary, historical, international and domestic newspapers.

Or try these:

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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.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Citation Trails

Always check an item's bibliography, notes, references or works cited page. This is not only to check an author's evidence, but to find additional sources for your research. This is looking into the past at books and articles written before the item you're looking at.

Google Scholar and some databases also allow you to look forward in time at more recent articles and books that cite the item you're looking at. Just enter the title of the work in Google Scholar and look for the Cited By link.

Find Books/Monographs

  • Keyword searches in most databases and catalogs only look for that exact combination of letters in the record, NOT meaning.

  • Use an asterisk as a wild card to include word ending variations. E.g. Maya* (for Maya, Mayan, Mayans)

  • Use quotes to glue a phrase together. E.g. "Latin America"

  • Broaden your search by using OR with parentheses. Results can contain either term. E.g. (army OR military).

  • Narrow your search by using AND. E.g. censorship AND media.

  • Refine your search through search strings. E.g. censorship AND (media OR newspaper*)

  • Click on a record's Subject Headings to find items grouped together by topic. E.g. El Salvador -- Politics and government -- 1979-1992
    E.g. Mexico -- Relations --  United States.

  • Expand your reach, sign up for ILLiad, our Inter-library loan service.

  • Order directly from within WorldCat by clicking on Request through ILLiad@Colby.


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