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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

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

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.


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Find Maps (U.N.)


An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History

Directories & Portals

Find Books and Media

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


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!

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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