Table of ContentsRevised: 10/04/2011
Translated text of radio and television broadcasts, newspapers and periodicals, government statements, books, and other sources of unrestricted information such as databases and gray literature from non-English sources around the world.
World Newspaper Archive - Latin American Newspapers
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts [ProQuest]
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Historical Dictionaries of…. [series]
Each volume covers a difference country and the entries are in the form of brief paragraphs containing introductory information on historical, political and socio-economic topics. Each volume also contains an introductory chapter with a historical overview of the country and includes a chronology on major events.
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Country Studies [former known as Army Area Handbooks]
A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. The volumes each contain illustrations, charts, maps and a bibliography.
Nuevo Texto CrÃtico
Politics & Society
Colonial Latin American Historical Review [CLAHR]
Although the library does not subscribe to this and it is not available full-text on the web, this provide the current and past articles of this published in this scholarly journal.
Latin American Library [Tulane University]
This site provides access to a variety of useful resources
Online Publications from and about Latin America
Complied and updated by the library staff at the University of Texas at San Antonio, this provides extensive links to online publications (including newspapers and magazines) from Latin American Countries.
The Library has a growing collection of maps of various sizes, scales and content. Information on our map collection is available here. A variety of maps published by the CIA make good briefing maps. We also have nautical, topographic and aeronautical charts as well as an increasing number of CD-ROM products. Most of these maps are NOT in BOSUN so please see a reference librarian. References to atlases can, however, be found by searching BOSUN.
The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas has made available national maps for all parts of the world. Of particular interest is its The address for its Maps of the Americas collection. Also of interest is the Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America. The link provides access to various editions in both English and Spanish..
Declassified Documents Reference System [DDRS]
This is an excellent source. With coverage back to 1945, it provides access to more than 70,000 declassified documents from various government agencies (e.g. CIA, DoD, FBI, NSC, Dept of State etc.). Currently the index is on CD-ROM and the documents are available on microfiche but we hope to have access to the Internet version soon.
Department of State Foreign Affairs
This provides speeches, press releases and major State Department documents.
Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs
Digital National Security Archive
This provides image files of various documents that have been declassified. The collections available via this resource include:
Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
El Salvador, 1977-1984
El Salvador, 1980-1994
Guatemala and the U.S. 1954-1999
DTIC Online DTIC is the clearinghouse for many DoD reports and is an excellent resource. Through their PUBLIC database, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) indexes and abstracts defense-related government-sponsored scientific, technical and non-technical reports. U.S. students and faculty can also register for the DTIC Controlled Access Database. This provides access to the same information as described above but also includes access to unclassified/limited distribution information including many full-text reports.
Energy Information Administration's Country Analysis Brief
Central & South America
These briefs provide energy information including background, as well as production and consumption information on oil, coal, natural gas, electricity, the environment and more
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) is a free-of-charge service for politicians, journalists, researchers and the interested public. FIRST is a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
U.S. State Department
"The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity." These volumes contain documents from various Presidential libraries and federal agencies and include some declassified records. The Library also has a more extensive collection of these reports in the FEDDOCS Collection.
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State Department Digital Collection [1945-1976]
University of Wisconsin Digital Collection [1861-1958/1960]
Global Information System -Defense & Foreign Affairs.
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This has a country database wit h information about various countries including history, leadership information, defense information, major intelligence groups, insurgents and other groups and more. It also has a special topics section, "power" tables which show changes in governments within t he past 12 months and what caused the change, arms transfer information, the Defense and Foreign Affairs Daily and weapons information.
INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Information
Jane's Sentinel Country Risk Assessments
Contains expert analysis of the latest events and trends in political, security and military affairs and a detailed breakdown of global military and political structures on a regional basis. Each region is broken down by country with each country profile providing a detailed analysis of political, diplomatic and military capabilities.
Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre
Jane's Terrorism Intelligence Centre is a gateway to the latest global terrorism related content including news, exclusive features, comprehensive reference material and an interactive events database.
Military Policy Awareness Links – MiPALs
These are current awareness tools produced by the librarians at the National Defense University Library. The focus is on U.S. military policy but includes topical information from govenmental and non-governmental sources, think tanks and more. Specific ones of interest include Colombia and the Western Hemisphere.
National Security Archive
George Washington University
These electronic briefing books provide access to important declassified documents related to US national security, military history, foreign policy, intelligence and more
OFFSTATS : Official Statistics on the Web
Links to official international statistics sites offering global, regional, and national statistics including demographics, economics, finance, crime, and religion.
Stratfor is one of the world's leading global intelligence firms, providing clients with geopolitical analysis and industry and country forecasts to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. The Stratfor website publishes daily intelligence briefs and in-depth analysis, and a wide range of consulting services carefully tailored to meet specific client needs
World Bank Countries and Regions
Latin America & Caribbean
Military and/or Strategy Links
Army War College
Strategic Studies Institute
Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
Center for International Policy
Center for Latin American Studies [UC Berkeley]
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Cold War International History Project
Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)
Council on Foreign Relations
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) - United Nations
Foreign Military Studies Office [FMSO]
Latin America /South America / Carribean
International Crisis Group
Latin America & Caribbean
Latin America Policy Research
RESDAL [Red de Seguridad y Defensa de America Latina]
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Arms Embargoes database [embargoes in force or have been in force since 1998]
Arms Transfer database [7 categories of major conventional arms since 1950]
Military Expenditure database [time on military spending for 172 countries since 1988 includes local currency, dollar and percentage of GDP figures]
Multilateral Peace Operations database [UN peace operations conducted since 2000]
United States Institute of Peace
Gateways and Guides
Digital Librarian: Latin American Resources
This site provides a lengthy list of sites and resources related to Latin America research.
Latin American History Resources
Good site to use to find a number of useful sources that include book reviews, archival information, texts of historic documents, etc. More history sites can be accessed through LANIC's country links
Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC).
This system is akin to an online central clearinghouse providing connection to internet resources, both free and commercial, which pertain to Latin America. It is managed by the UT Institute of Latin American Studies and is available to all Internet users. The UTNetCat is a web-based version of the library catalog of the University of Texas at Austin. It includes full-bibliographic descriptions of the print and non-print holdings of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC).UTNetCat
Bibliographies, Documents and Handbooks
Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS Online)
This is an annotated bibliography of books, chapters in books, reports and articles in the humanities and social sciences, pertaining to Latin America. Since this is a US Library of Congress project, web access to this database is free.
Historical Text Archive: Latin America
A variety of online documents.
LANIC EText Collection
This site provides full-text resources including speeches delivered by Argentine and Mexican presidents; translations of speeches, interviews, and press conferences by Fidel Castro; research papers written by Latin American studies scholars; theses and dissertations; etext versions of books; conference proceedings; and official documents. Some of the etext are in Spanish and others are in English.
Latin America Bibliography
Done in 2002 by the Air University Library, this bibliography covers the Latin American countries and includes topics such as security and defense, trade relations, politics and government, foreign relations etc. and updated in 2007. See also Colombia,
Latin American History
This site provides links to sites with digital collections of speeches, pamphlets, historic legislation, declassified documents and more. Many of the sources are available with English translations.
Latin American Open Archives Portal (LAOAP)
LAOAP is a portal service providing access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America by research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and peripheral agencies. It encompasses working documents, pre-prints, research papers, statistical documents, and other difficult-to-access materials that are not controlled by commercial publishers.
The Literature of Intelligence: A Bibliography of Materials, with Essays, Reviews, and Comments : Latin America section
This is a good bibliography of sources related to intelligence activities in Latin American.
Organization of American States (OAS)
The documents page includes: Juridical Information; Treaties and Conventions; Resolutions and Declarations; Legal Documents and Services; Speeches of the Secretary General (1994-to the present); Annual Report of the Secretary General (1999- 2000); Assistant Secretary General speeches; General Assembly Documents: OAS Official Documents 1889-2000
Presidential Messages [Mexican and Argentine Presidential Messages]
The Presidential Messages database contains digital images of over 75,000 pages of presidential speeches from the early 19th century to the present from Mexico and Argentina.
White Papers on Defense [MERLN]
Arranged by country.
Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (OxLAD)
The Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (OxLAD) contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the period 1900-2000. Its purpose is to provide economic and social historians worldwide with a systematic recompilation of available statistical information in a single on-line source.
Political Database of the Americas [Georgetown U]
This is one of the best online sites for finding current political information on the Americas. It contains constitutions, electoral laws, calendars, and statistics as well as links to embassy sites and up-to-date lists of cabinet members.
Library Catalogs Searchable via the Web
Latin America Library
Libraries in Latin America
Library of Congress
This includes the book holdings from the nine University of California campuses, the California State Library including the Sutro Library in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences, the Center for Research libraries, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Socrates (web-based catalogue)
University of New Mexico
University of Texas - Austin
With WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) you can simultaneously search the catalogs of over 9000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat contains more than 50 million records in over 400 languages
See the "Book Reviews" section on our Subject Guides by Topic page
See our Public Opinion page.