Introduction to Latin America

Introduction to Latin America

Primary Sources: General


  • Scotty - This database ( covers books at the UCR Libraries.
    • Always check the subject headings, e.g., Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920.
  • Melvyl - contains books in all of the UC Libraries (
    • If you find the book at another campus, click the orange "Request" icon to begin the "Interlibrary Loan" process.

After you enter your keywords (or Subject Heading) there are other keywords that focus the results to primary sources.

Helpful Keywords for finding Primary Sources
  • Biography (Autobiographical)
  • Cases
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Early Works
  • Facsimiles
    • Interviews
    • Letters
    • Pamphlets
    • Personal Narratives
    • Public Opinion
    • Sources
    • Speeches

    Primary Sources: Online Newspapers

    As a rule of thumb, the coverage from online historical newspapers varies widely from complete to non-existent.  If resources for your research question are not available, then we'll go with "Plan B," requesting a microfilm copy through Interlibrary Loan (with thanks to Brian Geiger, UCR, Center for Bibliographic Studies)

    Primary Sources: Newspapers "Plan B"

    Check Scotty, and then Next-Generation Melvyl for your newspaper.

    Primary Sources: Diaries

    • North American Women's Letters and Diaries ( - when complete the collection will include approximately 150,000 pages of letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times (1705) to 1950.  Use the VPN for off campus access.

    Primary Sources: Online Texts

    Primary Sources: Online Images

    Historic photographs and prints (from Krista Ivy, UCR libraries Art Librarian)

    Primary Sources: Images "Plan B"

    Photographs and prints will also be included in newspaper articles & books on your subject.  To identify whether a book has illustrations, look at the "Description" field, e.g., "col ill," "illus," "plates," etc.  You can also use the "Advanced Search form on The University of Washington, Seattle's catalog ( to limit to books with illustrations.  If you find one, search for it again in Scotty or Next-Generation Melvyl for local availability.

    Scholarly Articles

    Scholarly articles, which are secondary sources, can help provide the context for your primary source.  This list is a quick sample of the available databases.

    • History Subject page (
      • Historical Abstracts - world history (excl. U.S. & Canada) from 1450-modern times.  Includes Mexico.
      • America: History and Life - U.S. & Canadian history from pre-history to the present.
    • Ethnic Studies Subject page (
      • HAPI Online (Hispanic American Periodical Index) - Citations to articles on Latin America including Mexico & the U.S.-Mexico border region.
      • Handbook of Latin American Studies - Index to works on Latin America.
    • Political Science Subject page (
      • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - citations and abstracts of Political Science scholarly articles
      • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) - citations to resources on public policy
    Last modified: 2/13/2013 9:59 AM by K. Furuta

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