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Search IGO Websites
Searches across the websites of major IGO's including the UN, UNICEF, FAO, WFP, IMF, WTO, WHO, and the World Bank, to help you find information from these websites including news, reports, working papers, statistics & data, and more.
Historical Abstracts covers all aspects of world history from 1450 to the present. Use this database to find articles, essays and books on Latin American history.
Fuente Academica is a unique collection of scholarly academic journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. The database provides full text coverage for more than 500 scholarly Spanish language journals.
Additional Subject Databases
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Latin American Studies, there are many databases that may be useful to utilize for your research. Listed here are just a few. Be sure to also check the subject pages for the disciplines whose approaches may provide unique insight into your topic.
Political Science Complete
The database has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. You'll find scholarly journal articles as well as the full-text of reference books, monographs and conference papers.
PRISMA Database (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas)
A comprehensive reference resource providing scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. Content is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English
Social Science Premium Collection (ProQuest)
Provides access to multiple databases covering the international literature in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, social services, anthropology, criminology and education. Featured databases include IBSS, PAIS and Sociological Abstracts. Together, they provide abstracts, indexing and full text coverage of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, working papers and more, including deep indexing and full text from many important social science journals
These e-journal collections provide access to many journals in the field of Latin American Studies, but they are limited in scope and coverage compared to subject databases. In most cases, it's better to search subject databases to identify articles, and then use Primo Search to access the materials in these e-journal collections.
JSTOR is an online archive of select scholarly journals. Because it is an archive, current content from journals is not included. The "embargo" on current content ranges from one to ten years, depending on the journal.
Project Muse provides full-text access to journals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage of journals typically begins in the late 1990s or later.
What's a secondary source?
In secondary sources, authors analyze and interpret primary source materials.
Secondary sources can be scholarly or popular. Scholarly sources (sometimes called "academic" or "peer-reviewed" sources) are written by and for experts and typically include bibliographies and citations. Popular sources are written for a general, non-expert audience and can be authored by anyone.
How to Search for Spanish Language Material in Databases
Depending on the database, there are a few strategies to find resources written in Spanish:
- conduct your search in English and then, once you have a list of results, click on the Search Options and then from the Language list, select Spanish.
- search using Spanish search terms.
- locate the Thesaurus or Subject Terms and appropriate Spanish terms.
Be aware of databases that auto correct Spanish words to similar English words.
Tipasa: Interlibrary Loan
If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option for getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.
Tipasa is linked to your library account so you'll need to log in to use it.
Once you are logged in, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form, like this:
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived.