Archival Collections/Primary Sources

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

World Scholar Archive: Latin America and the Caribbean – manuscripts, newspapers, maps and other primary source documents related to Latin America

ArchiveGrid – Search for holdings from archives across the county

Digital National Security Archive Close to 100,000 U.S. government documents related to Latin American

Listing of Archival Collections at the Benson

Latin American Newspapers

Latin American Newstand – Full-text newspaper database, covers 2005-present

Latin American Newspapers – Full text newspaper database, covers 1805-1922

Independent Mexico in Newspapers, the 19th Century, Guide to the Microfilm set

Revolutionary Mexico in Newspapers, 1900-1929 - Guide to the Microfilm Set

Library catalog - to search for newspapers of Latin American Country, do a ‘Subject heading’ search in the library catalog for [country] newspapers. Ex: Uruguay newspapers

Core Latin American Studies Sources

Background information

Gale Virtual Ref Library – Encyclopedia articles provide overviews of topics, events, people and more

Cambridge Histories Online – Core overviews of regional histories, including Latin America

See the reference collection in reading room of the library for more reference materials


Finding articles – general databases

Academic Search Complete - General database with articles about any topic. Great starting place.

JStor – Over 1000 leading academic journals from every subject area.

Dissertation and Theses: Full Text – More than 90% of all dissertations published in the U.S., many full text.


Finding articles – Latin American databases

Handbook of Latin American Studies – Citations to articles, books, chapters and conference proceedings related to Latin America

Hispanic American Periodicals Index Online (HAPI) – Citations to articles, essays and book reviews relating to Latin America

Redalyc - Full text social science materials published in Latin America

CLACSO – Full text science materials published in Latin America

SciELO – Full text  science materials published in Latin America



UT Libraries Catalog - Books and documents owned by the UT Austin

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

Subject Specialist/Research Help

Melissa Guy, Librarian for Latin American Studies

Jose Montelongo, Librarian for Mexican and Central American Studies

AJ Johnson, Librarian for Caribbean Studies


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