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Articles, Journals & E-book Collections

In addition to the databases below, search the Duke Libraries database tab for frequently used, general databases such as JSTOR, Project Muse, Academic OneFile and Academic Search Complete.

  • Biblioteca Ayacucho Digital
    An open access collection of classic intellectual works from Latin America in e-book form.
  • Brasiliana Eletronica
    Provides open access to Brazilian books from the early Twentieth Century.
  • Caribbean Abstracts
    Contains abstracts in English of selected books and articles in the humanities and social sciences having to do with the Caribbean and published in the period 1989-2008.
  • Caribbean Education Database
    Provides access to information on education in the English-speaking Caribbean.
  • ClasePeriodica
    Index of Latin American journals in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Classic Mexican Cinema
    A collection of popular movie periodicals on Mexican cinema including reviews, movie stills, programs, and advertisements.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
    Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) contains scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers, occasional papers series from non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. It covers multiple world areas including Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)
    The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
  • Digital National Security Archive
    Declassified documents involving U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945: White House materials, diplomatic dispatches, independent reports, briefing papers, and other secret material on Central America, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru.
    Tip: Choose Documents to get a search screen allowing you to choose and combine individual collections.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS)
    FBIS Daily Reports provides English translations of monitored broadcasts and publications from multiple world areas including Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Middle East, North America, South America. Coverage = 1941-1996.
  • Foreign Relations Between Latin America & the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
    Organized by country, this collection includes cables, memoranda, correspondence, reports, and treaties. Organized by country, it deals with foreign relations between Central American and South American countries. In the Caribbean, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are represented.
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)
    A citation database to articles on Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S.-Mexican border, and Hispanics in the U.S. published from 1970 forward. Those articles contained in the database PRISMA have their full-text cross-linked in HAPI.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
    Contains government & NGO documents, research studies, Congressional Research Service and Government Accountability Office reports, speeches, testimony, and more. Covers multiple regions including Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Informe
    Contains the full text of popular magazines, academic journals and selected newspaper articles mostly written in Spanish from the mid-1990s to Present. Search in Spanish.
  • Latin American Weekly Report, Regional Reports & Special Reports
    Provides a weekly analysis of developments by country and region. Also includes, early warning reports and special reports on selected topics.
  • LatinobarĂ³metro
    An annual study of public opinion in eighteen Latin American countries, providing annual measures of attitudes toward democracy, civic culture, economic issues, gender issues, the environment, inequality, social capital, and trade policy.
  • LILACS - Latin American and Caribbean Literature on the Health Sciences
    Covers literature related to the health sciences published in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1982.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Index of more than 1.2 million journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1926. Coverage is international and subjects include literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing.
  • OpinionArchives
    OpinionArchives the full-text of major journals of opinion, including The Nation, Commentary, The New Republic, Commonweal, NACLA, American Spectator, National Review, Harper's and Scientific American.
  • OxResearch
    Political and economic analysis from 1984 forward, covering a wide range of issues in the social sciences.
  • PAIS International
    This database provides selective coverage of a wide variety of international and public policy issues from 1915-present. Includes journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, and the web. It covers the The U.S. and Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Canada, Central Asia & the Caucasus, Central & Eastern Europe, East Asia (China, Japan & Korea), Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, South Asia (India, Pakistan), Southeast Asia & Oceania, and Western Europe.
  • Political Science Complete
    Top-ranked scholarly journals in Political Science and Public Policy, some government documents. Covers comparative politics, international relations, humanitarian issues, and non-governmental organizations.
  • PRISMA: publicaciones y revistas sociales y humanĂ­sticas
    Provides full-text scholarly journals in Spanish, Portuguese & English from the social sciences and humanities for interdisciplinary study of Latin America, and the Caribbean Basin.
  • PsycINFO
    Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports in psychology.
  • Red ALyC
    Full-text articles from more than 160 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences published primarily in Latin American, the Caribbean, and Iberia. The articles in RedALyC are also contained in WorldCat.
  • Researching Brazil
    Both a bibliographic index and a gateway to online resources relevant to Brazilian Studies, the site provides a searchable index of Brazilian scholarly journals and contains additional relevant resources.
  • SciELO
    An open access database of full-text journal articles published in Latin America in the physical and social sciences.
  • SocINDEX with full text
    Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study, 1908-present
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Indexes international research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Sur
    Sur is a renowned literary journal from Buenos Aires including intellectuals from around the world. Contents include literature, film, theater, art, music, history, and politics. 1931-1989.
  • World Scholar. Latin America & the Caribbean
    A collection of primary source documents; academic journals; news-feeds; reference articles and commentary; maps and statistics; audio and video. World Scholar covers topics such as politics, economics, religion, culture, international affairs, the environment, science, and technology.


In addition to the databases below, search under the Duke databases tab for important individual U.S. titles such as the New York Times and Washington Post in ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

  • Alternative Press Index
    Contains journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals that cover the period of 1969 through 1990.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Full-text articles from over 300 ethnic and minority newspapers, journals and magazines. Coverage 1959 to present.
  • Factiva
    A great source for newspapers but with a complicated search. View the Flash tutorial at the database guide link before searching Factiva. Contains thousands of foreign newspapers including Latin American and Caribbean sources.
  • ISI Emerging Markets
    Click any country name on the right hand of the page to begin your search without the need for further login credentials. Provides company directory information, financial data, and news from the world's emerging markets.
  • Latin American Newsstand
    Full text of over 70 publications including most major newspapers from Latin America and the Caribbean in Spanish, Portuguese and some English from the mid-1990s-Present.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Provides full text access to a range of U.S. and international newspapers, radio and television transcripts from the 1970s to the present
  • NewsBank Access World News in America's Newspapers
    A collection of newspapers and blogs from Latin America. Once in the database, click on "Acceda Noticias" or "Access World News" to search Latin American newspapers.
  • World News Connection
    Selected translation of articles (2003-) from non-United States media sources covering political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events. Has a section of key newspapers from Latin America and the Caribbean but only selected years and articles.
  • World Newspaper Archive
    A fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe, including an entire module of more than 35 Latin American Newspapers from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Primary Sources

The databases listed above under "Newspapers," contain newspaper articles which are primary sources for the time periods they cover. Also, under Articles & Journals above, see the Digital Library of the Caribbean; the Digital National Security Archive; World Scholar and FBIS.

  • Archive Grid
    An index to archival finding aids derived from major archival libraries and sources in the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Avalon Project
    Primary source materials in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
  • British Online Archives
    Provide access to digitized copies of archives held in Britain, with a detailed finding aid for each archive. Includes material on the Americas
  • Colecciones Mexicanas
    Historical documents, archives, photos, video from a collaboration of Mexican institutions.
  • Colonial State Papers
    Provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • In the First Person
    Indexes 4000 collections of letters, diaries, oral histories and personal narratives in English from around the world.
  • Latin American Government Documents Archive
    A project of the U. of Texas that includes selected documents from the Presidents and ministries of 18 Latin American Countries.
  • Latin American Travelogues
    A digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries. Presented by Brown University.
  • Making of the modern world: the Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature
    The title is deceptive. This is NOT just about economics. The collection contains a wide variety of primary documents on social and political issues from the 15th century to the mid-19th century.
  • Official Documents of the United Nations
    Full text of all UN documents, including resolutions and decisions, issued at UN Headquarters in New York and the UN Office at Geneva since 1993, with selected earlier coverage.
  • Sabin Americana 1500-1926
    Online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery
    Online collection of thousands of documents on slavery and anti-slavery. The collection will be released in four parts. Duke currently has Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition.
  • UT-LANIC - University of Texas Latin American Network Information Center
    A searchable collection of web sites relevant to all aspects of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, organized by country, theme and discipline.

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