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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

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Starting Points

Here is a sample of some of the Reference books we have to get you started. These are all located in the Reference Department on the 4th floor of the Wilson Wing of the Library. Ask for help at the Reference Desk to find any of these.

Why Books?


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

Subject Guide

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Rosalind Tedford
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