Major Research Tools

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920


Digital collection of over 1,200 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera covering the history of the Caribbean Islands. Can be searched or browsed by subject, genre, place of publication, language, etc.

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Coverage: 1935-present

A searchable annotated bibliography of articles, books and reports on Latin America. Produced by the Library of Congress.

Latin American News Digest

Full-Text, Gateway

Digest covering a broad range of Latin American news and media.  Topics include economy & business, politics, Latin America & US, and travel & tourism.

Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922


Collection of digitized Latin American newspapers published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Features titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and elsewhere. Most of the content is in Spanish, with some in Portuguese or English.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History


In depth articles on major topics and trends relating to the study of Latin American history. Written (and periodically updated) by scholars and peer-reviewed.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Archives Unbound


Collection of seven different document archives covering the American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism, Evangelism in Africa (1835-1910), Freedom Riders in the South (1961), Foreign Relations Between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States (1930-44), Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers (1942-45), the National Farm Worker Ministry (1939-85), the Mexican Revolution (1910-24), the National Domestic Workers Union (1965-79), and the U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam (1950-54).

Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano

Full-Text, Gateway

A portal providing access to digital resources from various Latin American and Iberian national libraries.  Collections include maps, prints, drawings, and photographs, manuscripts, sound recordings, and incunabula amongst others.

Brazilian Government Documents


Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available to the end of the first Republic in 1930.

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Information on the lives of Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans who are historically significant. Covers the entire Caribbean, and the Afro-descended populations throughout Latin America, including people who spoke and wrote Creole, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

Coverage: 1900 to present

Pamphlets, flyers, posters, postcards, and other ephemera created by social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations  to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and activities. The majority of materials are from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Venezuela, but almost every country in Latin America and the Caribbean is represented.

Digital Library of the Caribbean


Collection of digitized documents, books, newspapers, and other materials relating to Caribbean culture and history.

Digital National Security Archive


Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.

Early Americas Digital Archive

Full-Text, Gateway

"Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820."

Early Encounters in North America


Coverage: 1534 - 1850

Online collection of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. It has been indexed to allow for unique browsing and searching (e.g. by type of flora or fauna, encounters between groups of peoples, specific events or places, etc.).

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

History - Latin America


Skillman Library's list of select, online resources related to Latin American history.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Resources


Database of links to open access digitized collections of primary sources that relate to Latin America and the Caribbean. Maintained by SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials).

Latin American Journals Project


Database of literary and cultural journals published in the Hispanophone Caribbean and Latin America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Note that access to some titles is limited, but Lafayette users have access to all restricted titles identified as being available from the Center for Research Libraries or CRL.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)


This gateway site from the University of Texas is one of the most comprehensive Web sites for Latin American studies. Information is organized by subject or by country.

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers


Gateway to online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean.

Pew Research Center

Data, Full-Text

Research, opinion polls (national and global), and news coverage on politics, religion, immigration, demography, and the media. Includes daily tracking of policy trends by state. Its Hispanic Center focuses on the U.S. Hispanic population and its growing impact on the nation.

Political Database of the Americas

Data, Full-Text

Database of political information, documents, and links on Western Hemisphere politics, focusing on Latin America. From the Center for Latin American Studies (Georgetown Univ.) and the Organization of American States.

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives


Part of the American Memory project from the Library of Congress, this site focuses on writings about the early history of Puerto Rico.

World Cinema Collection

Visual Resource

Streaming collection of feature films spanning the silent era through contemporary international cinema. Covers classic and contemporary cinema from Africa, Asia (primarily China, Japan, and India), Europe (including Soviet films), Latin America, and the Middle East.