Latin American Studies

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Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

For access to full-text electronic journal articles, check Electronic Journals and search by journal title or subject.

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Key Indexes

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Date Coverage: 19th-early 20th centuries Fulltext: Yes
Includes Latin American pamphlets with heavy coverage of Chile, Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico. These pamphlets are valuable primary resources for students and researchers working on Latin American history. They document the emergence of the Latin American colonies as independent states, and illuminate many aspects of their populations' social and cultural life. Many pamphlets are devoted to boundary disputes, territorial expansion, the description of unexplored territories and the relationship between Church and State.
Publication coverage: 1915 - present
PAIS International & Archive includes mini-abstracts to journal articles, books, statistical yearbooks, and more... from around the world. Coverage includes: international company information; and scholarly literature on the public and social policy of business, economics, finance, law, international relations, public administration, government, and contemporary public issues.
Publication coverage: 1999-
Access restricted to the Queen's community (1 user limit)
Restricted to one user. A major source of information on political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Content is prepared for and targeted to business investors, government officials and the academic community.
Provides full-text and citations to scholarly journals for the interdisciplinary study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Other Useful Indexes

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Publication coverage: Varies by publication.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Factiva has many fulltext sources (newspapers, journals) in various languages. To see what is listed in this database, select Source, Browse Sources, and Publications - by region.
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
A comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary database for the fields of physical and human geography, geology, ecology, environmental issues and Third World studies. Indexes 5,000 periodicals plus non-serial publications.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index to scholarly literature on world history from 1450 to present (excluding the U.S. and Canada).


To find books on a topic, search the Queen's Catalogue (QCAT) by author, title, subject headings, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
guevara, che
garcia marquez, gabriel
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
guevara, ernesto, 1928-1967
garcia marquez, gabriel, 1928-
To find books on a topic, use a keyword boolean search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
Guevara and revolution

Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.

Some useful Latin American Studies subject headings are:

Latin America - history - to 1600
Latin America - history - 19th century
Latin America - politics and government
Latin America - social conditions
Developing countries - economic conditions
Political culture - Latin America
Social change - Latin America
Chile - foreign relations - United States (for example; choose country of interest)
Latin American literature - to 1800
Latin American literature - history and criticism

These are just some examples. It is always a good idea to look at all the subject headings ("Subject(s)") in QCAT in the full record of books that are relevant to your topic. Often books will be catalogued with a number of subject headings under which you can search for related resources.


Consult specialized dictionaries to get a broad overview of a subject, a concise overview of a concept, school of thought or person. To find dictionaries on your topic, search QCAT using the keywords of your topic combined with "dictionaries".

Dictionary of Contemporary Politics of South America
REF F2237.G86 1989t

Dictionary of Contemporary Politics in Central America
REF F2183.G86 1991t

Latin American Historical Dictionaries (series)
REF - various call numbers (there are 15 in total)

Series of Historical Dictionaries of Latin American countries. For a list of individual titles and call numbers, search QCAT by title using "latin american historical dictionaries".

Latin America: A Political Dictionary
REF F1406.R67 1992

Modern Latin-American Fiction Writers
REF PQ7082.N7M55 1994

Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary
REF CT3290.N68 2001

Oxford Spanish Dictionary: Spanish - English/English - Spanish
REF PC4640.093 1994t

The United States in Latin America: A Historical Dictionary
REF F1418.S494 1992

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Consult specialized encyclopedias to get a broad overview of a subject, a concise overview of a concept, school of thought or person. To find encyclopedias on your topic, search QCAT using the keywords of your topic combined with "encyclopedia".


Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean
F1406 .C36 1985

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (3 v.)
REF F1406.E515 2000

HLAS (Handbook of Latin American Studies) Online

HLAS is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

Latin America Profiled: Essential Facts on Society, Business, and Politics…
REF F1408.L37 2000

Literary Cultures of Latin America; a Comparative History (3 v.)
PQ7081.A1 L525 2004

South American Handbook
REF F1401.S7
Latest volume shelved in the Reference Collection


Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (3 v.)
REF PQ7081.A1C35 1996

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature
REF PQ7081.A1E53 1997t

Handbook of Latin American Literature
REF PQ7081.A1H36 1987

Latin American Literature and its Times
REF PQ7081.M625 1999

Latin American Writers (3 v.) and Supplement (2002)
REF PQ7081.A1L37 1989


Cambridge History of Latin America (via Cambridge Histories Online)
In print, call numbers vary - some copies are temporarily shelved on reserve

Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture
REF F1754 .E53 2003

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
REF F1406 .E53 1996

Latin American Historical Dictionaries (SERIES TITLE)
Search for the "Latin American Historical Dictionaries" in QCAT as a "Title exact" search.

Oxford History of Mexico
F1226 .O94 2000

Politics, Dissidence & Ethnicity

Companion to Latin American Studies
REF F414.C65t 2003

Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies
HT1521.C65 2002t

Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics
REF F1410.E56 2002

Political Parties of the Americas, 1980s to 1990s: Canada, Latin America, West Indies
REF JL195.P63 1992

Revolutionary and Dissident Movements
REF JC328.3.D433 1988

Bibliographies & Guides

Consult bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic. To find out what bibliographies the Library has, do a subject search in QCAT.


The Companion to Latin American Studies
REF F1414.C65t 2003

Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources
REF Z1601.L3225 1992

Latin American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of Core Works
REF Z1601.C536 2002

Latin American Studies: A Basic Guide to Sources
REF Z1601.L324 1990

Reader's guide to the Social Sciences
REF H41.R417 2001

World Bibliographical Series

This is a series of bibliographies published on individual countries, and as such the individual parts of the series are found in the appropriate section of the reference collection relating to the particular country. In QCAT, search for World Bibliographical Series as a series. Then browse alphabetically by country of interest.


Bibliographic Guide to Spanish American Literature: Twentieth - Century Sources
REF Z1609.L7 R438 1988

Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel
REF PQ7082.N7 C272 2005

Latin American Literary Authors: An Annotated Guide to Bibliographies
REF Z1609.L7 Z82 1986

Manual de literatura española
PQ6032.P4 (Stauffer Library - Books)

A Sourcebook for Hispanic Literature and Language
REF Z2695.A5 B55 1974

Spanish American Women Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook
REF Z1609.L7S6 1990t

The 20th Century Spanish - American Novel: A Bibliographic Guide
REF Z1609.F4 F68 1975


Post-Colonial Studies: the Key Concepts
REF JV185.A74 2000t

Research Tools for Latin American Historians: A Select, Annotated Bibliography
REF Z1601.W47 1980

Politics, Dissidence & Ethnicity

Revolutions and Revolutionists
REF Z7164.R54 B55 1982

World Racism and Related Inhumanities: A Country by Country Bibliography
REF Z7164.R12 W5 1992


Film Index International
Online from 1900-

Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute, with scholarly, inclusive approach to all areas of film studies - from the very first silent movies, to art house classics or the latest blockbusters. Film Index International provides truly International coverage, indexing films from over 170 countries. Also search for individual countries and film or cinema in a keyword search.

A Guide to Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino made Film and Video
PN1995.9.L37G85 1998

Latin American Films, 1932 - 1994: a Critical Filmography
REF PN1995.9.L37S38 1997

Statistics & Government Documents

Area Handbook Series (U.S.)

This series of country handbooks can be found beginning with the call number US1 DI6. The titles and individual call numbers in the series can be browsed in QCAT. Search Area Handbook Series as a series and browse alphabetically by country.

Demographic Yearbook (United Nations)
DOCS UN4 ESA100 D29 from 1948- (latest at DOCS REF)

The Demographic Yearbook is an international source of statistics that contains basic statistical data for over 200 countries or areas to meet the needs of demographers, economists, public-health workers and sociologists, among others. It presents general tables giving a world summary of basic demographic statistics, followed by tables on the size, distribution and trends in population, fertility, mortality, marriage and divorce, international migration and population census data.

Development, Trade and the WTO: A Handbook
DOCS UN9 WB 2002D27 2002 (with CD-ROMs)

This handbook offers guidance on the design of trade policy reform, surveys key disciplines and the functioning of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and discusses numerous issues and options that confront developing countries in using international cooperation to improve domestic policy and obtain access to export markets.

Education and Knowledge: Basic Pillars of Changing Production Patterns with Social Equity
DOCS UN3 ECL4 92B033 1992

Document of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UNESCO. Reincorporates the centrality of knowledge and education for development. The aim of the proposed strategy is to create within the coming decade certain conditions with regard to education, training and the incorporation of scientific and technological progress which will make possible the transformation of the production patterns of the region against a background of growing social equity.

Gender, Innovation and Education in Latin America
DOCS UN9 ET45 99G23 1999

This book examines the theoretical framework and social contexts of women's non-formal education in Latin America. It documents, in the words of women educators in the region, the varied political and social contexts which have given rise to innovative experiences in the educational sector: the legacy of the civil wars of Central America, the exclusion experienced by indigenous communities, gender violence, and the daily struggle for survival in societies where female headed households reflect the feminization of poverty levels.

Human Development Report
Online from 1990-
DOCS REF UN1 DP H72 from 1990-

The Human Development Report is an independent publication commissioned by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). The reports, published annually, contain thought provoking analyses of major issues, updated Human Development Indicators that compare the relative levels of human development of over 175 countries, and agendas to help transform development priorities. Focus varies from year to year, with some recent examples of titles being: Deepening democracy in a fragmenting world, Making new technologies work for human development and Human rights and human development.

Latin American Newsletters
Online from 1967-

Restricted to one user. A major source of information on political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Content is prepared for and targeted to business investors, government officials and the academic community.

Social Indicators of Development
DOCS UN9 WB S54 (1987, 1989 - 1996; 1996 on DOCS REF)

"Social Indicators of Development" contains the World Bank's most detailed data collection for assessing human welfare to provide a picture of the social effects of economic development. Data are presented for over 170 economies, omitting only those for which data are inadequate. Emphasis in this publication is on country-by-country review. Up to 94 indicators are reported for each country including: size, growth, and structure of population; determinants of population growth (including data on fertility and infant mortality); labor force; education and illiteracy; natural resources; income and poverty; expenditure on food, housing, fuel and power, transport and communication; and investment in medical care and education.

Statistical Abstract of Latin America
REF HA931 .C15 2002 (vol. 38). 1961 - 2001 (vol. 37) in Stauffer Books

Extensive statistical resource on the societies, economies and politics of Latin America. Data from 250 national and international sources, with the present volume containing the most current data available as of October 2001. Statistics are presented in time series showing several years or decades whenever possible. Divided into ten parts (with subsections) including: Geography, Land and Environment; Population, Health and Education; Politics, Religion and Military; Foreign Trade; and National Accounts, Government Policy & Finance and Prices.

Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean
DOCS REF UN3 ECL S79 (1964 - 2002)

The 2001 edition of the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean contains a selection, updated to the end of December, of the main statistical series available on economic and social trends in the countries of the region. Part One (Indicators of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean) consists of derived social and economic indicators (growth rates, ratios or coefficients), which provide an overview of each area of interest. Part Two (Statistical series for Latin America and the Caribbean) provides historical series in absolute figures that can be used for a large variety of purposes. The majority of the statistical tables provide figures on a single topic, organized in such a way as to facilitate comparisons among countries as well as between individual countries and regional totals or averages.

Trends in Developing Economies
DOCS REF UN9 WB T62 (1991, 1994 - 96: ceased publication)

Trends in Developing Economies (TIDE) provides brief reports on most of the World Bank's borrowing countries. This compendium of individual country economic trends complements the World Bank's World Development Report, which looks at major global and regional economic trends and their implications for the future prospects of the developing economies. The text is descriptive, and tables of economic indicators follow each country text.

UN Statistical Yearbook
DOCS UN4 ESA100 S79 (1948-1999; (1999) at DOCS REF)

A comprehensive compendium of vital internationally comparable data for the analysis of socio-economic development at the world, regional and national levels. The Yearbook provides data on the world economy, its structure, major trends and current performance, as well as on issues such as population and social statistics, economic activity and international economic relations.

World Bank Atlas
DOCS UN9 WB A87 (1966-1981, 1983, 1985- (Latest (2002) on DOCS REF)

The World Bank Atlas 2002 provides easy-to-read colorful world maps, tables, and graphs highlighting key social, economic, and environmental data for 206 countries. The Atlas parallels the six thematic sections of the World Development Indicators: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.

World Bank Country Study Series

This series of country studies put out by the World Bank begins with the call number UN9 WB5. The titles and individual call numbers in the series can be browsed on QCAT. Search World Bank Country Study as series and browse alphabetically.

World Development Indicators
Online from 1960 to 1-2 years ago
DOCS UN9 WB W55 from 1997- (Latest at DOCS REF)

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. Organized in six sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.

World Development Reports
Online from 1992-
DOCS UN9 WB W52 from 1978- (latest at DOCS REF)

The World Bank's annual World Development Report (WDR) is an invaluable guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. Past reports have considered such topics as the role of the state, transition economies, labor, infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. The reports are the Bank's best-known contribution to thinking about development.

World Resources: Guide to the Global Environment
US6 WRI W56 from 1987- (DOCS Compact Shelving - latest at DOCS REF)

The eighth biennial issue of the most authoritative report on the global environment brings together in a highly readable format the latest ideas on a broad spectrum of natural resource issues and suggests strategies for addressing them. World Resources 1998-99 focuses on the critical issue of environmental change and human health. World Resources 1998-99 also looks at the current state of the environment as it relates to population and human well-being, consumption and waste, and resources at risk. The book also contains the latest core country data from 157 countries and new information on poverty, inequality, and food security.

In addition to the above listed resources, the Government Documents Country Information page provides some additional avenues of research on individual countries.

Websites & Digital Collections

Center for Latin American Studies Research

This website include "The Political Database of the Americas". The database is a non-governmental Internet-based project that provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere. It hopes to encourage in-depth study and the effective exercise of democracy in the Americas through the acquisition, preservation and dissemination of comparative political data.

CHC Digital

Online Resources for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies from the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami's Otto G. Richter Library.

CiberLetras: Revista de Crítica Literaria y de Cultura - Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Founded in 1994, Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRLCAS's main office is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Harvard University.

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera is the latest and most ambitious phase in Princeton’s long time commitment to building and providing access to its unparalleled Latin American Ephemera Collection. Open online access to this previously inaccessible subset of the collection became a reality in early 2015 thanks to the generous support provided by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) and to a three-year starting grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The goal of Princeton and its partners is to continue adding hundreds of new digitized ephemeral items per month in the coming years and turn this vast and exceptional collection from a practically inaccessible archive into a dynamic scholarly resource that will support present and future academic activities in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies and in the broader social sciences and the humanities.

Latin American and Spanish Videos Freely Available on the Internet: A Guide to Web Resources

Created by Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Librarian for Latin American/Hispanic Studies and the University at Albany, State University of New York.

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center

LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet. A comprehensive site with links to Web pages in subject areas including Economy, Government, Humanities, Social Sciences and Society and Culture; also Country and Regional headings.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection

Harvard's collections of more than 5,000 scarce and unique 19th century Latin American pamphlets contain political and social commentary.

Latin American Studies: Free Digital Resources (John Hopkins University)

Latin American Studies Association

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 5,000 members, twenty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. Useful Links page.

Latin American Travelogues (16th-19th centuries)

From the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University, the Latin American Travelogues digital collection draws on the expertise of Prof. James N. Green, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History; Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections; students; and the staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship.

SALALM - Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials - Publications page

SALALM’s primary missions are the control and dissemination of bibliographic information about all types of Latin American publications and the development of library collections of Latin Americana in support of educational research.

Sources and General Resources on Latin America

Good list of resource links including bibliographies, books, databases & indexes, history and organizations, all relating to Latin America. Compiled and maintained by Steven Volk, Department of History, Oberlin College.



A theses or dissertation is an extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

This guide includes information about how to locate print and electronic theses or dissertations produced by students at Queen’s as well as those produced by students at other institutions, both in Canada and overseas. 


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:


Open Access Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.