University Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for HY 401

These sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

Locating Books and Dissertations

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries Catalog
Contains records for books, e-books, journals, CD-ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles (see Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles below).
Worldcat (FirstSearch)
An index to books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author, or title. No full text.
Worldcat (
Web version allows you to discover distance to libraries with item you want.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but the best search results are from the e-book website.
All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can also be searched with keyword or subject searches from the NetLibrary site. Must register and establish user name and password to check out book for four hours.
Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations
Searchable by author, keyword, or institution. USA theses submitted in pdf format are available online at no charge.
Google Book Search
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text.

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Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat Catalog or databases. Search techniques may vary with each database so look at help screens for suggestions on using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the "and" if you do a keyword search on SOUTHcat since SOUTHcat automatically includes "and" between words if the phrase is not in quotations. Put phrases in quotation marks to keep the words together. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.

"latin america?" revolution?
"latin america?" "economic conditions"
"latin america?" "foreign relation?"
mexic? history
nicaragua "social condition?"
guatemala culture
venezuela democra?
cuba? politic? revol?
cuba "social conditions"
argentina polit?
"country studies" mexico
"central americ?" history
"south america?" "politics and government"

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Selected Books

Handbook of Latin American Studies
Reference Z 1605 .H26 (1935-2002) Current editions are available online
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin America and Caribbean Cultures
Reference F 1406 .E515 2002 vols. 1-3
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Reference F 1406 .E53 1995 vols. 1-5
South American Handbook
Bookstacks F 1401 .S71
Europa World Year Book
Ready Reference JN 1 .E85 2007 vols. 1-2

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Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles

Most of the indexes below are located under Articles, Indexes, and Databases on the University Library homepage. Some indexes will also have links to full-text of the articles. Dates of full-text coverage may vary with different databases. One way to check availability is to use Our Journal List on the University Library homepage.

A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
Project Muse
A collection of full-text journals which provides current coverage of journals, including many of the titles in JSTOR.
Periodicals Archive Online
Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac)
Some full text articles and book reviews.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Some full text articles. Includes book reviews.
Academic OneFile (Gale/InfoTrac)
Includes some full text articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO)
Some full text articles and book reviews.
Sage Journals Online
Most articles are full text.
¡Informe! (Revistas en Espanol) (Gale/InfoTrac)
Full-text articles from Hispanic periodicals.
ClasePeriodica (FirstSearch)
Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities.
Military and Government Collection (EBSCO)
Includes some full text articles.
Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Includes some full text articles.
LexisNexis Academic
An index to news and legal publications.
Legal Trac (Gale/InfoTrac)
Law reviews and journals.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Includes some full text articles.
ProQuest Newspapers
An index to over 500 newspapers, with 350 available in full text. Coverage for some titles goes back to the 1980s.
Google Scholar
Google's academic database. Set preferences to University of South Alabama to show links to our material.
MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
An international index which includes journal articles, books, and dissertations.

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Our Journal List

This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go to Our Journal List to see if the Libraries have a subscription to the particular volume, issue, and year of the journal you need. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availablity of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest six months or year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for six months or a year from their publication date.)

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Selected Journals

  • Bulletin of Latin American Research
  • Business Latin America
  • Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Colonial Latin American Review
  • Delaware Review of Latin American Studies
  • Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe
  • Economic and Social Progress in Latin America
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
  • Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies
  • Journal of Politics in Latin America
  • European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Journal of Iberian and Latin-American Studies
  • Latin American Applied Research
  • Latin American Perspectives
  • Latin American Politics and Society
  • Latin American Review Research
  • Studies in Latin American Popular Culture

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Selected Internet Resources

Latin American Network Information Center from the University of Texas at Austin
Castro Speech Database
Database provided by LANIC
CIA World Factbook

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Library Resource Guides

Locating Primary Sources

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Style Manuals

Bedford/St. Martin Documentation
Chicago Manual of Style
Ready Reference Z 253 .U69
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