Resources by Subject Latin American Civilization & Literature

Reference Sources (Background): Civilization
Reference Sources (Background): Literature
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

For additional sources, see the English & Literary Criticism and Latin American Politics pages.

Reference Sources (Background): Civilization

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to Latin American civilization and is not exhaustive. For additional sources, see the Countries & Geography page.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, the humanities, and social sciences contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. View a guide for finding images related to Latin American studies.

CIA World Factbook
Includes facts on countries' people, governments, economies, etc.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (1996, 4 volumes)
Ref F 1406 .E53 1996
Provides information on countries, peoples, and broad themes, with bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures: South America (1994)
Ref GN 307 .E53 v.7
Describes indigenous cultures. Includes detailed maps locating specific cultures and a filmography.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures (2001, 3 volumes)
Ref F 1218.6 .O95 2001
Entries for people, places, and other topics, with bibliographies.

Oxford Reference Online: History (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A Dictionary of Contemporary World History, Dynasties of the World, A Dictionary of Political Biography, Who's Who in the Twentieth Century, among others.

South America, Central America and the Caribbean (2002)
Ref F 1401 .S68
Entries for countries and regional information include statistics on population, economy, trade, education, etc.

Reference Sources (Background): Literature

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to Latin American literature and is not exhaustive. For additional sources, see the English & Literary Criticism page.

Contemporary Latin American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography (1989)
Ref PQ 7082 .N7 B76 1989
Lists both biographical and critical sources for major contemporary writers.

Contemporary Spanish American Poets: a Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources (1992)
Ref PQ 7084 .S43 1992
Focuses on poets born between 1910 and 1952 and lists works, anthologies, critical studies, interviews, etc. Not annotated.

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature (1997)
Ref PQ 7081 .A1 E56 1997
Articles on countries, literary themes, and specific authors. Relatively short articles with extensive bibliographies and a general bibliography at the beginning of the volume.

Latin American Writers (1989, 3 volumes)
Ref PQ 7081 .A1 L37 1989
Contains long articles on major Latin American writers, arranged chronologically. Bibliographies list works and biographical and critical studies.

Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History (2004, 3 volumes)
Ref PQ 7081 .A1 L525 2004
Long articles with works-cited lists discuss literature in the context of history and culture.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to critical analyses and biographical information on more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, and other writers from around the world. Includes full-text of several reference sources.

Oxford Reference Online: Literature (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms and A Dictionary of Writers and their Works, among others.

Locating Books

In the Library of Congress Classification, materials on Latin America are in several places:

F 1201-3799 Latin American history
PC 4001-4977 Spanish language
PQ 7081-8560 Latin American literature

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (1935 to present, citation only)
Selective annotated bibliography of scholarly works on Latin America. Disciplines include anthropology, art, economics, government and politics, history, literature, music, philosophy, and sociology.

MLA International Bibliography (1925 to present, citation only)
The premier database for literature research. Provides a comprehensive international listing of books, articles, and dissertations.

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

JSTOR (dates vary by journal, full-text)
An archive of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary by publication, full-text)
Provides full-text news articles from a diverse group of sources, including national, international, and local newspapers. Use the guided search tab to search "World News," then search "North/South America News Sources."

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


LANIC (University of Texas at Austin)
The Latin American Information Center. Comprehensive portal to information on Latin America, divided into various categories, such as economy, humanities, society and culture, etc.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
Spanish-language virtual library with texts and criticism. Covers many authors in addition to Cervantes.

Hispanic Reading Room (Library of Congress)
Links to other resources, collection information, events, etc. The site is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Voice of the Shuttle (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Site specifically geared to researchers in the humanities, including literature. Click on "Literatures (Other than English)" and select "Spanish" or use the search option.

El Oteador
Spanish-language portal provides links to libraries and databases in Spain and Latin America; cultural information on Spain and Latin America; Spanish language dictionaries and other specialized linguistic tools; Spanish language usage guides; electronic texts; and many more useful resources.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection (Harvard University)
"More than 5,000 titles including many scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico are the countries most heavily represented in this collection."

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009, 7th ed.)
Ref Desk LB 2369 .G53 2009

Citing in MLA Style (R-MC)

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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