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Latin American Politics: Getting Started


This research guide is designed for students doing research in Latin American Politics. Use the tabs along the top edge of this box to locate directions for the various resource types. If you run into any obstacles, don't hesitate to contact me. ~ Rosalind Tedford

Latin American Gov't and Research Organizations

Video Resources

NY Times Americas Feed

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Individual Country Information

Background Information Sourcs

If you need somewhere to begin your research, here are some of the best bets for finding context for your research topic!

Books and more in Primo


Books will always be your most comprehensive look at countries, political systems, literatures, history, etc. Use the library's online catalog to locate books, films, microforms, and other materials in the library. Try searches like the following to find what you need:

  • Chile AND democra* (the asterik truncates the word and give you results with all possible endings like democracy, democratic or democratization)
  • Latin America AND elections 
  • Peru AND indigenous peoples
  • Brazil AND music

Call Number Ranges for Latin American Politics

  • JL1300 - JL3899: Political Institutions and Public Administration Central and South America -- 4th Floor Reynolds Wing
  • KG - Latin American Law

Call Number Ranges for Latin American Peoples and History

  • F1201 - F3799: History, Latin America 

Call Number Ranges for Latin American Arts and Literatures

  • ML199 - Music of Latin America
  • N6500s - Art of Latin America

Call Number Ranges for Latin American Economics

  • HC120s - HC240s - Economics of Latin America

Scholarly Journal Databases in Political Science (and related disciplines)

The databases below are the ones most frequently used by students doing political science research. The list starts with the politics-specific databases but also lists the many databases we have in related disciplines that often contain relevant sources. Politics is a very interdisciplinary thing, so looking at other databases is often very useful! 

Databases for General International Politics and Government 

Databases for International Military and Security Issues

Databases for International Policy and Issues 

Search Across Multiple NGOs and IGOs

Use these links to search across multiple NGO, IGO, Think Tank and Research Organizations.

Subject Guide

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