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Articles for Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Latino and Hispanic community within the United States.  A combination of popular and scholarly literature.



Another useful way to get a list of citations in your area of interest is to browse the bibliographies of other dissertations and theses.  See if any of the articles listed would be of interest to your research as well.  




The Library also provides access to many international, national, and local newspapers through Lexis - Nexis Academic  . Use the following links to browse current/daily news from these newspapers.


New York Times 
Washington Post 
Christian Science Monitor 
London Times

Reference Materials

Includes Encyclopedia of Associations


World Guide: An Alternative Reference to the Countries of our Planet. (Ref 305 In7) Oxford: New Internationalist, 2007. Provides detailed country profiles with an eye towards issues of development, environment, human rights and more.

United Nations System: a Reference Handbook. (Ref 341.23 AL35) Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005. Information on issues relating to the UN. Includes information on UN organizations.

Yearbook of the United Nations. (Ref 341.13 Un3) Lake Success, NY: United Nations. Library has 1952, 1958 to present, with the most current 2006. Year by year account of UN activity.

Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. (Ref 341.23 Os5) New York: Routledge, 2003.


Includes Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, and connects to hundreds of online subject encyclopedias.

Includes good background essays on a variety of social science topics.



Other International Sites

Europa, European Union - The official site.

United Nations - The official UN Web site

World Wide Web Virtual Library: International Affairs - Extensive list of international organizations.

Citing your sources

Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Title) - A guide from the SMC Library

Chicago/Turabian Documentation - From the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers. 

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Ref 808.02 T840c) 7th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007.

APA Style Guide (quick guide from the SMC Library)

MLA Style Guide (quick guide from the SMC Library)

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