ANTH 29002 Latin America & the Caribbean

Databases

These are just a few of many databases available to Ithaca College students to help you locate peridiocal articles and get started on the research for your project. 
  • AnthroSource
    Valuable when you are considering ethnic studies from an anthropological perspective
  • Academic Search Premier
    One of several general and multidisciplinary periodical databases, especially good for current events around the world.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    An index to newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native Americans, so coverage will be more related to the United States, but can be useful to locate information about current events in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    The major periodical database for articles about sociology and related social sciences. International in aspect, so there will be coverage of Latin America
  • LexisNexis Academic
    LexisNexis includes news, legal, and business databases. Full text articles (without any photographs or  illustrations) can be found from both US and international  newspapers. You can get background information, as well, by selecting the Country Information option.
  • JSTOR
    A periodical database that specializes in back issues of journals. You won't find articles from the most recent three years, but you will find articles from journals first published in the nineteenth century or even earlier. There are many subjects and disciplines covered, and there are 54 periodicals in Latin American Studies included.

Government and University Websites

  • University of Miami Digital Collections: Cuban Heritage Collection
    indexes and provides access to the papers and records of Cuban and Cuban exile individuals and organizations. Covers politics, culture, and literature.
  • Hispanic Reading Room, from the Library of Congress.
    Online access to one of the premier research facilities related to the geography, cultures, and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Hispanic heritage. At the Reading Room is HLAS Online (Handbook of Latin American Studies) and HLAS Web, which are two different ways of searching the Library of Congress collection of Hispanic materials.
  • Also at the Library of Congress, is its collection of Country Studies, including those from all of the Americas.
  • Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
    Links to hundreds of thousands of pages of full-text resources including research papers written by Latin American studies scholars; theses and dissertations; etext versions of books; conference proceedings; speeches by Latin American leaders; periodical publications; and official documents.
  • LAPOP: Latin American Public Opinion Project, from Vanderbilt.
    Survey results from research conducted in the US and Latin America.
  • Political Database of the Americas, from Georgetown.
    A database of political documents for all countries of North and South America. Includes such texts as constitutions and laws, and data on areas such as electoral systems and political parties.

Contact Us

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John Henderson

Social Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1961

Web Sites for Country Backgrounds

CIA World Factbook
An excellent source for information about a country's geography, people and society, government, economy, military, and transnational issues.

World Health Organization: Countries
Primarily for public health information about various countries, but the Situation Reports and Country Information sections provide additional information.

Country  Studies
a wealth of information from the Research Division of the Library of Congress. Alas, for most countries the information is a decade or more old.

Brookings Institute: Latin America and the Caribbean
Reports and analyses focusing on various aspects of several countries in the region.

Amnesty International
Human rights research by topic or country.