Archival Collections/Primary Sources

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 - Provides access to a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture.

TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) - Database of finding aids/ descriptions of the Benson’s archival holdings, in addition to holdings from archives across the state of Texas.

ArchiveGrid - Provides access to collections in thousands of libraries, museums, and archives.

Archive Finder - Directory of archives and manuscript collections in the United States with descriptions of a repository's holdings.

U.S. Latin@ Newspapers

Hemeroteca Digital de Chihuahua – Contents of thirty-six newpapers and news magazines from Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City and El Paso, TX. Excellent U.S.-Mexico border coverage.

Hispanic American Newspapers­­ – Provides access to a large compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Core Latin@ Studies Sources

Background information

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) - Encyclopedia articles provide overviews of topics, events, people and more.

The following print sources also contain authoritative articles on all aspect of the U.S. Latin@ experience:

  • Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States. 4 v. Edited by Ilan Stavans: Danbury, Conn.: Grolier Academic Reference, 2005.  E 184 S75 E87 2005 • Benson Collection Reference
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. 4v. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. E 184 S75 O97 2005 • Benson Collection Reference


 Finding articles and dissertations—general databases

Academic Search Complete – General database with articles about any topic. A good resource to start your research.

Dissertations and Theses: Full Text – Contains more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Provides full text for many dissertations and theses, including most done after 1997.

JSTOR – Full text articles appearing in over 1,000 leading academic journals in every subject area.

Finding articles—Chican@/Latino@ specific databases

Chicano Database - Contains records for all types of material on Mexican American topics and Chicanos. Particularly strong for the period 1960s to early 1990s. Since 1992, covers material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants.

Finding articles – Databases with significant Latin@ content (partial list)

Alt-Press Watch – provides full-text articles for over 210 publications of the alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.

America: History and Life – Contains citations with abstracts to social science and humanities literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistoric times to the present.

Art Abstracts / Art Index Retrospective – Provides the most up-to-date coverage of art, architecture, archaeology, design, planning, and museum studies.

Education Full Text – Indexes magazines and journals dating back to 1983 with full text of articles as far back as 1996.

Ethnic NewsWatch – Provides full-text coverage of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in America (some international coverage). Includes more than 400,000 full-text articles from 200 publications. 

Gender Studies Database – Covers the spectrum of gender engaged scholarship inside and outside academia

Latino Literature – Brings together more than 100,000 pages of poetry, fiction, and drama written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin authors working in the United States.

MLA International Bibliography – Indexes critical materials on literature, criticism, drama, languages, linguistics, and folklore.

Sociological Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.


Library Catalog – Search for books, journals, music and more owned by the UT Austin Libraries:

Google Books – The majority of the Benson’s circulating collection searchable, though much of it not available full-text.