How to do Research in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

Library resources for researchers working on humanities and social sciences research with a Latin American, South American, Caribbean, or Latino focus


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier

Add keywords like these to your search:

  • Geographic region: Brazil, “Latin America”, Caribbean
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic, Latino, Chicano


 The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) Online (via HarvardKey) --An index of humanities and social science journals focused on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US Latino/a population. Search tip: In Advanced Search, you can limit your results to citations about US Hispanics/Latinos. Able to search in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Handbook of Latin American Studies – An essential annotated bibliography to books, journals, and conference proceedings in humanities and social sciences for Latin American studies. Able to search in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.


Library Research Guide for Latin American Studies provides a helpful overview of digital and print resources in Latin American studies.



Anna Assogba, the library liaison to Latin American Studies, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.



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