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  • Archivo Virtual de la Edad de Plata, 1868-1936
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    Provides access to books and archival collections of the "Silver Age" in eight institutions, including one in Mexico.
  • Artes e Historia Mexico
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    Information database, full text reviews, bibliography and images, with links to reference sources and electronic journals on the Internet related to Mexican history and arts.
  • Caribbean Search
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    It is a multidisciplinary database that provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region. The collection contains over 730 Caribbean-focused scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reports and reference books making this the largest collection of full-text content available for the region.
  • China-Latin America Finance Database
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    The Inter-American Dialogue’s new online China-Latin America Finance Database is the most up-to-date source of information on Chinese lending activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on original findings from the Dialogue report “The New Banks in Town: China Finance in Latin America,” the database includes upwards of $87 billion in loan commitments to Latin American and Caribbean countries, searchable by country, lender, sector and year. Chinese lending to the region reached an all time high of $37 billion in 2010 -- more than World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and U.S. Export-Import Bank lending combined.
  • Clase and Periódica
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    An index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities from 1975 to the present which combines two databases. CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Offers access to more than 300,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages. Contains information from articles, essays, book reviews, monographs, conference proceedings, technical reports, interviews and brief notes published in journals edited in 24 different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan-American issues. Produced by the Department of Latin American Bibliography of UNAM, the National University of Mexico.
  • Classic Mexican Cinema
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    Mexican Cinema, from its beginnings in the late 1890s to its “Golden Age” (1930s to 1960).The sources in this collection, heretofore only accessible in the archives of the Filmoteca de la UNAM in Mexico City, will be invaluable to scholars and researchers working on film and media studies, Latin American studies, and many other aspects of the historical, social, and political impact of cinema.
  • Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969
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    The Confidential Print: Latin America series offers in fulltext the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Office, from one-page letters or telegrams to large volumes or texts of treaties. These items were printed and circulated to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad. The documents cover Latin America and the Caribbean, from just after the final Spanish withdrawal from mainland America in the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. Covering revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples.
  • Country Studies
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    The Country Studies/Area Handbook Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. Older studies, including some on countries that no longer exist in the same form, such as East Germany and the Soviet Union, may be retained because they continue to offer historical information of value to researchers.
  • Dialnet
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    This is a virtual library of Spanish academic journals, hosted by the University de la Rioja in Spain. Primarily a bibliographic index with tables of contents, it covers more than 5,000 journals and 2.1 million documents. There are a growing number of fulltext articles available as content is continuously updated. Subjects covered include the sciences, social sciences and the humanities and arts. It is particularly useful for subjects related to Spain, such as history and Islamic studies, not well covered by other popular databases. English language search is available. Coverage is 1980 to ther present.
  • Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
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    The Digital Library of the Caribbean was established by a committee of librarians, scholars, and archivists at a meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 17, 2004. The goal of dLOC is to build a cooperative digital library among partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, thus providing scholars, students, and citizens around the world with open on-line access to Caribbean cultural, historical and scientific materials.
  • Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art
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    The ICAA Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art digital archive provides access to primary sources and critical documents tracing the development of twentieth-century art in Latin America and among Latino populations in the United States. Countries featured in the first phase of this multiyear project include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Latino USA. The digital archive is now available free of charge for students, scholars and the general public. New materials are added regularly.
  • E-Revistas
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    An open access digital platform that provides access to high quality scholarly journals in the social sciences, humanities and sciences. The titles are in Spanish and are published in Spain and Latin America. Currently the database contains more than 400 titles and 110,000 fulltext articles.
  • FAMSI Research Materials: Explore Mesoamerica
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    This database covers Mesoamerica, a cradle of early civilization and a geographical area covering parts of Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It was occupied by ancient cultures with shared religious beliefs, art, architecture and technology from about 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1519--the time of European contact. With one search it is possible to retrieve information from all the FAMSI collections at once including the bibliographic and image collections. The collections include the Bibliografia Mesoamericana (an ongoing project) the Bibliography of Prehistoric and Early Historic Maya Human Osteology; the Catalogue of Zapotec Effigy Vessels; the Kerr Portfolio; the Mayavase Database; the Schele drawing and photo collections, the Tikal Digital Access Project and more. It is produced by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI).
  • Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL)
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    The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) provides a digital venue for documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many political landscapes of the Americas. HIDVL brings together materials that existed only in small private archives that lacked the resources to care for these extraordinary cultural documents. Using the resources of digital technology, the Hemispheric Institute ensures thelong-term preservation of these rare videos and make them accessible to viewers around the world. The trilingual Artist Profiles contextualize the video collections with photos, texts, interviews, bibliographies and additional materials that viewers might find useful: http://hemisphericinstitute.org/artistprofiles/
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  • Hispanic-American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
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    Locate articles in the humanities and social sciences from and about Latin America and related to Chicano and Latino studies from the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Some fulltext available.
  • HLAS Online
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    HLAS Online, the Handbook of Latin American Studies, is the major 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 1935, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.
  • Information Services Latin America (ISLA)
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    Information Services Latin America (ISLA) is a press monitoring service providing fulltext images of news articles related to individual Latin American countries and to regions such as the Caribbean area, Andean region, or Latin America in general. Articles are from 9 U.S. and British elite newspapers. Access is by month and year or by country or region. Coverage is from August, 2007 to the present. Content is updated monthly.
  • Informe!
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    Informe! This is a database with fulltext articles published from 1994 to the present on contemporary issues in Latin American studies. The sources include mostly Spanish language scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
  • Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin American and the Caribbean
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    The Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin American and the Caribbean provides information on the trade dispute systems in which Latin American and Caribbean countries participate. Integrated search option allows the user to specify complainant, respondent, subject, or object of the dispute. Database is made available online by the Division of International Trade and Integration of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
  • International Historical Statistics
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    International Historical Statistics provides access to 490 tables, covering data on 211 countries and territories collected between 1750-2010. Includes data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as on countries whose borders have changed and are now difficult to source (e.g. Czechoslovakia and Zaire). Within each region are chapters on population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport & communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics; all statistical tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files with the ability to remove sections and merge tables.N.B. As with all statistical sources, the frequency and completeness of the data will vary by country and source.
  • KITLV Catalog
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    This is the catalog of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. The records of Caribbean Abstracts can now be found in this catalog.
  • Latin America Data Base
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    The LADB is a news analysis and information service in English from Latin American sources and related to Latin American topics in the social sciences. Particular coverage of Mexico and Central America.
  • Latin American Business History: Resources and Research
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    Starting in December 2007, a team of researchers at the Harvard BusinessSchool began interviewing 21 leading business practitioners from Argentina and Chile for their Latin American business history initiative. The hope isthat these oral histories will serve as a valuable resource forresearch on the business history of these two countries since the 1960s. On this site,visitors can listen to the interviews (in Spanish) and also read transcriptsin English. Each profile contains a brief biography of each businessperson, along with material on their service to their respective industry.
  • Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC)
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    The Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents database, or LAPTOC, provides open electronic access to the tables of contents of journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean between the years 1994 and 2009. LAPTOC consists of more than 800 academic and research journals published in 29 countries in the region, including bibliographic references to more than 250,000 articles in the area's major languages. Database searches can be made by journal title, keywords in author and article titles, and country of publication. The user can save citations, create bibliographies, and e-mail or download results of searches.
  • Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
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    The Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), hosted at Vanderbilt University, disseminates data produced by AmericasBarometer, a regularly conducted survey of democratic values, political perspectives and behaviors of voting-age adults in countries throughout the Americas. Data sets are available for many countries from Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1970s to the present.
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  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/terms/general. Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges
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    Provides bibliographic, textual, chronological and illustrated matter from the Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundacion San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the world's largest collection of materials related to this notable Latin America writer's life and works, which were created between 1913 and 1985. The database allows a variety of searches. Subjects covered are all those of interest to Borges: literature, culture, history,politics, philosophy, linguistics and art.
  • MLA International Bibliography
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    Index to scholarly publication in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.
  • Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (MoxLAD)
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    It contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the period 1900-2000. Its purpose is to provide economic and social historians with a systematic recompilation of available statistical information in a single on-line source. The data presented provides comprehensive coverage while ensuring consistency and intercountry comparability as possible. Produced by the Latin American Centre of Oxford University.
  • PAHO Publications
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    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. The site includes free full-text articles on a number of public health topics and provides relevant data and statistics.
  • PARES: Portal de archivos espanoles
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    A portal and database created by Spain's Ministerio de Cultura containing more than twenty million documents and digital images from the principal Spanish archives, including the Archive of the Indies and Archive of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Political Database of the Americas (PDBA)
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    The PDBA is a non-governmental project of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University in collaboration with the OAS, FLACSO-Chile, and other organizations in the region. It offers information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies and other subjects related to democracy in the Americas. With more than 1,500 pages of information, it is an important source of relevant to the 35 countries of the region including U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Information is classified according to the themes: Political Constitutions and Comparative Constitutional Studies; Executive Branch; Legislative Branch ; Judicial Branch; Electoral Data and Systems; Political Parties; Decentralization and Local Governance; Democracy and Citizen Security; Indigenous Peoples, Democracy and Political Participation; Civil Society.
  • Prisma Hispanic Studies Journals
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    This database is a comprehensive reference resource providing more than hundred full-text scholarly journals with articles in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. It offers key titles in English, Spanish and Portuguese indexed in the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), a highly respected database produced by the Latin American Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • ProQuest - Multiple Databases
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    ProQuest Multiple Databases is a multi-disciplinary index suitable for both undergraduates and graduate students. It simultaneously searches dozens of subject areas, indexes thousands of general and scholarly titles, and provides full-text for a significant number of the articles included from a variety of contemporary research databases. It is an excellent starting place for research for a paper, particularly if one isn't sure where to begin their research.
  • ProQuest Latin American Newsstand
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    Full-text coverage is available for over 40 titles from all over Latin America, commencing in most instances with either 2004 or 2005.
  • Public Life In Contemporary Argentina
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    A resource for Latin American studies, comparative politics, sociology, gender studies, media in political organizing, political and social groups, social anthropology and history, it presents an extensive grass roots view of Argentina and the recent social and political changes that have taken place from 1997 through 2003. Users are able to access the voices of citizens at the neighborhood-level. Search is by author, keyword, type of movement, geographic area, date, source and type of document. The sources of information go beyond standard press coverage and government declarations to emphasize the words of participants in social and political movements changing Argentina. Groups documented include civic associations of social protest, neighborhood work, confrontations with authorities and staged events; bartering networks created to enhance counter-trade of goods and services among the unemployed; political parties; and more.
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
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    Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, this collection contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and much more. With over 6 million pages from 29,000 works, this collection is a cornerstone in the study of the western hemisphere.
  • SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online
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    A model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet, conceived to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries, it provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scientific and other scholarly literature. The SciELO collection is continually updated and currently includes 630 scholarly peer reviewed journals, from Spain, Portugal, several South American countries and Cuba, which predominantly publish the results of original research, and other original works, and contribute significantly to knowledge in the area covered by the journal. Subjects include Agricultural, biological, health and earth sciences, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, linguistics, and the arts. Coverage is from 1997, or from its first issue in the case of journals founded after that year.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
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    Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.
  • SUR Online
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    America in the twentieth century, is now available in an easy-to-use electronic format. This edition includes images of the complete magazine, including covers, photographs and advertisements (50,000 pages); a comprehensive electronic index of 6,300 entries, which corrects mistakes and inconsistencies found in the index published in the magazine and provides access to all contributions, even those of less than a page. The collection features several search capabilities, allowing users to search by author, title, genre, keyword and full-text; and a user-friendly interface in Spanish or English. Additional material included in this online edition of SUR is a set of images of manuscripts from the first issue as well as an unpublished set of letters by Victoria Ocampo.
  • Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater
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    A database of a major collection of Spanish dramatic literature in small pamphlet form, includes popular theatrical and musical entertainment genres and 15,000 works from Spain and Latin America, by 2,500 authors, from 1603 to the late 1930s. Searchable by author, title, composer, place of publication, publisher, printer, keyword and date.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • World Newspaper Archive
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    Published by Readex, a division of NewsBank, inc., in cooperation with the Center for Research Libraries.A fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe. This uniquely comprehensive online resource was created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries - one of the world's largest and most important newspaper repositories.
  • World Newspaper Archive, Latin American Newspapers Series 1, 1805-1922 & Series 2, 1822-1922
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    More than 285 Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Latin American Newspapers. Featuring titles from: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela.
  • World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean Portal
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    This multidisciplinary resource will include a comprehensive range of content for the region, providing research across the humanities, both for current Latin America and the Caribbean and as a historical perspective back through the colonial period. Included are a combination of contemporary and historical documents designed to reveal a true depiction of the nature, integrity and culture of Latin America, documents in multiple languages, and historical and contemporary maps. Provides access to relevant archival material (monographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, and newspapers), including never-before-digitized documents and scholarly journals, newspapers and periodicals, dynamically updated.