Resources by Subject Latin American Politics

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

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

Oxford Reference Online - Politics(full text; current)
Search political science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference Online - Law ( full text; current)
Search law-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Locating Books

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 And More (Databases & Indexes)

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.

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

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary, most 1990s-present ; full-text)
Provides full-text of legal, governmental, business, and general news information; searching under Legal Research and in News sources (particularly National or Regional papers) can be especially useful.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

HLAS Online (Handbook of Latin American Studies) (Library of Congress)
A multi-discipline bibliography of Latin American sources selected and annotated by various scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The Handbook is intended to be a guide to availalbe sources on Latin America.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

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


Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
An encyclopedic source of information on countries and territories.  The archival version (pre-2000) is available at Background Notes - Archival Edition

CIA World Factbook (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
Provides background information on countries of the world.

Political Database of the Americas (Georgetown University)
A scholarly site maintained by which provides access to information about governments throughout the Americas. Specific information is provided on constitutions and constitutional studies, elections and electoral data, political parties, and the various governing structures.

LANIC The Latin American Information Center
The University of Texas at Austin provides comprehensive coverage of Latin America, including maps, encyclopedic information, statistical information, economic indicators, and links to news services.

Library of Congress Country Studies
McGraw-Page Library has many of these titles within its collection, but the most recent editions are available electronically from the Library of Congress.

A comprehensive website for politics and government -- including extensive links to news agencies, government organizations, international organizations, and other useful sites.

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

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

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

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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