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Includes the series The Cambridge History of Latin America, The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America, and The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations.

  Includes Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (2008).

A great place to get background on social science research. 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Latin American History - Essays written by scholars on a variety of topics. Browse by broad subject category.

Statistical Abstract of Latin America. (Ref 318 St29) Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center, Irregular.  The last published abstract is from 2002.

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(Public Affairs Informational Service). Good for politics and other social sciences.

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Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.


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Country Studies: Americas - Country studies from the Library of Congress. Check the date for currency.

Environmental History - A bibliography of Latin American environmental history authored by Myrna Santiago. From Oxford Bibliographies.

Hispanic Reading Room - From the Library of Congress. A variety of resources, including full text of Handbook of Latin American Studies, country studies and special events pertaining to Latin American Studies.

Historical Text Archive - Select Latin America (or other countries), for texts on colonial and national histories of most of the Latin American countries. Also includes more recent history such as Noriega and drug trafficking.

LANIC - Latin American Resources from the University of Texas. A rich resource covering the Age of Discovery, individual country histories, and international resources. Some links are in Spanish.

National Security Archive - From George Washington University, browse the Latin American heading for reclassified documents from various government agencies. You can also browse by country.

Historical Dictionary of Chile. (Ref 983 B554) Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2005.

Chile Documentation Project - From the National Security Archive, declassified documents relating to the CIA, Pinochet, and the military coup.

Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History and Culture. (Ref 972.91 M366) 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.

Historical Dictionary of Cuba. (Ref 972.91 Su18a) 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2001.

Castro Speech Database - Searchable database for Castro's speeches from 1959-1966. From LANIC.

Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy: Cuban Missile Crisis - Texts of speeches, news reports and declassified documents. From Mt. Holyoke College.

Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations - From the National Security Archive, declassified documents relating to the Noriega, Rosa, and drug trafficking.

War in Colombia: Guerrillas, Drugs and Human Rights in U.S.-Colombia Policy, 1988-2002 - From the National Security Archive.

Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archive - Find interviews of world leaders, ambassadors, and political experts. The site includes more than two hundred episodes from three television series moderated by Dean Krogh between 1981 and 2005: American Interests, World Beat, and Great Decisions (the latter in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association). Browse by geographic region to get a complete listing of topics for that region. From Georgetown University.

Nicaragua, The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990 - "The National Security Archive's Nicaragua collection documents the most controversial foreign policy issue in recent memory: U.S. relations with the Sandinista Revolution. A detailed declassified history emerges from this set; from the overthrow of Somoza, through the advent of the U.S.-sponsored Contras, to the February 1990 electoral defeat of the revolutionary government.The collection provides the most comprehensive case study of intervention and revolution in Central America currently available to the public."

NicaNet, The Nicaraguan Network - "In February of 1979, the Network was founded to support the popular struggle to overthrow the 45 year US-supported Somoza family dictatorship, and after the July 19 victory, to support the efforts of the Sandinista Revolution to provide a better life for the nation’s people. Since then, the Network has been a leading organization in the United States committed to social and economic justice for Nicaragua, Latin America and the world, based on respect for sovereignty and self-determination. ...Publications include the weekly free English-language Nicaragua News Bulletin and occasional monographs."

Revista Enviro - Archive of stories kept here from the 1980's. In Spanish.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - offers access to speeches and other primary sources from within the archives.  Browse the document collections, photographic collection, and speeches.  The topic guides within the document collections offers an a-z subject related guide, and Nicaragua is one of those folders.

The Sandinista Record on Human Rights in Nicaragua 1979-1990 - A 1992 article from Droit et Societe by W. Gordon West.

Sandinista War on Human Rights - Dated July 19, 1983, by Richard Araujo and scanned by the Heritage Foundation.

Sandino Rebellion Digital Archive - Open access digital archive, still a work in progress.

Understanding the Iran-Contra Affairs - From Brown University. A great list of primary documents.

Via Nica - Generic background for the Sandinista Revolution.

Americas Program - Policy briefs and analysis from the International Relations Center. Includes information on migration and health.

Doctors Without Borders - Browse stories by choosing a country of interest in the drop down menu.

Includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945

Includes The Human Rights Encyclopedia

Human Rights Watch - News releases, and publications.  Select Countries in the drop-down menu for a range of countries to choose from.

Independent Media Center: Indymedia - Alternative news source from many different world areas, including Latin America.

The Sandinista Record on Human Rights in Nicaragua 1979-1990 - A 1992 article from Droit et Societe by W. Gordon West.

Sandinista War on Human Rights - Dated July 19, 1983, by Richard Araujo and scanned by the Heritage Foundation.

United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures - From the Library of Congress, historical interactions in the 18th century to the present.

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A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

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