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.

Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876

Coverage: 1718-1876

Digitized collection from the American Antiquarian Society covering over 140 titles from 22 islands -- languages evenly spread among English, Spanish, and French.

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 across South and Central America as well as parts of the Caribbean and Africa. 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

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.

Clase and Periódica


Index of over 2,500 scholarly social sciences, humanities, and sciences journals in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.

Colonial America

Coverage: 1606-1822

Original correspondence of the colonial governments in mainland North American and the Caribbean with the British government. From the National Archives in London.

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969

Collection of the most important papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices relating to Latin America. Covers all countries of mainland South and Central America, plus Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961

Collection of the most important papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices relating to North America. Covers the United States, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America.

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.).

El Caribe Digital Archive

Coverage: 1956-present

Digitized archive of El Caribe, one of the Dominican Republic's main daily newspapers, covering events in the DR and across the Caribbean region. In Spanish.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1955 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.

Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers

Coverage: 1807-1929

Over 1,000 titles providing local, regional, and state-wide coverage of Mexico's revolutionary and independence periods. Almost all titles are in Spanish, with a handful of coverage in English or other languages.

Independent Voices


Open Access collection of over 1,000 alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals from the 1960s-80s focused on the following series: Feminism; LGBTQ; Ethnicity and Race; Campus/community; GI Press; Small literary magazines; Right-wing press.

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 is no longer updated but it is still a comprehensive and useful resource for Latin American studies. Information is organized by subject or by country.

Latin Americanist Resources Research Project (LAARP)


A cooperative initiative by member research libraries to provide open access collections for the learning and scholarship of Latin America studies.

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers


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

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements

Full-Text, Reference

Articles on "the significant ways in which the Latino and Latina populations have shaped the political, legal, and social institutions of the United States."

Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends

Data, Full-Text

Research, opinion polls (national and global), news coverage, and demographic studies focusing on the U.S. Hispanic population and immigration.

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.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive

Coverage: 17th C. - late 19th C.

Major collection of primary source material covering the global history of the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery movements. Presented in 4 collections: Debates over Slavery and Abolition; Slave Trade in the Atlantic World; The Institution of Slavery; and Age of Emancipation.

Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice

Coverage: 1490-2007

Vast collection of documents relating to the global slave trade and subsequent abolition efforts and social justice movements. Documents include manuscripts, court records, maps, lists of slaves and ships' logs, books, statistics, and many types of images.