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Reference sources are great for background or context, to refine your thesis or topic, clarify context, identify good key words, to check facts, and more.

Use their bibliographies or source lists to identify other good sources for your topic.

Try starting by searching in this encyclopedia for a good article on your general topic: Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture.


General reference sources

Encyclopedia Britannica  Online. Now includes rich supplementary material (maps, data, news, articles, website links and more).

Gale Virtual Reference Library  Online. Excellent collection of full text encyclopedias.

Sage Reference Online  Excellent collection of full text encyclopedias.

Oxford Reference Online  Outstanding collection of subject and literature encyclopedias, dictionaries, and companions. *

Literature Resource Center (LRC)  Online. Criticism and theory, biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors and their works (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism). *

Background on theories and theorists -- Reference sources

Bibliographies -- Latin American Studies

H-LAS Online  Handbook of Latin American Studies

Oxford Bibliographies -- Latin American Studies

Selected subject sources: Latin American literature

Cambridge History of Latin American Women's Literature (online)  Print edition: Olin Library PQ7081.5 .C34 2016

Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (online)  Volume 1: Discovery to Modernism;   Volume 2: The Twentieth Century;   Volume 3: Brazilian Literature, Bibliiographies  note: three separate links, one per volume