James H. Thomason Library

History 3616

Modern Latin America                   

Reference Books and Background Information

Aguirre, Ignacio
Emilano Zapata Made Prisoner in
His Fight in Favor of the Field
Workers, 1908

  Encyclopedias & General Histories

Biographical Sources

Locating Books
  PASCAL Delivers
  WorldCat & I.L.L.
Locating Articles
  Journal/Newspaper Article Databases
  Journal Finder
Web Resources
  Primary Sources
  Secondary Sources
Get Help

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Reference Books and Background Information    
Encyclopedias & General Histories   back to top

Born in Blood and Fire:  A Concise History of Latin AmericaJohn Charles Chasteen.  W.W. Norton, 2011. 

Upper level:  980 C389B


Building Nineteenth-century Latin America:  Re-rooted Cultures, Identities, and Nations.  William G. Acree Jr. and Juan Carlos González Espitia, editors.  Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.



The Cambridge History of Latin America.  Leslie Bethell, editor.  Cambridge University Press, 1985. 


               Latin America (Vol. 3), from Indepence to c. 1870

               Latin America (Vol. 4), 1870 - 1930

               Latin America (Vol. 5), 1870 - 1930

               Latin America (Vol. 6, part 1): since 1930 - Economy, Society & Politics

               Latin America (Vol. 6, part 2): since 1930 - Economy, Society & Politics

               Latin America (Vol. 7): since 1930 - Mexico, Central America & Caribbean

               Latin America (Vol. 8): since 1930 - Spanish South America

               Latin America (Vol. 9): since 1930 - Brazil

               Latin America (Vol. 10): since 1930 - Ideas, Culture & Society


Encyclopedia of Latin America. Thomas M. Leonard, general editor.  Facts on File, 2010. 

Main level, ReferenceR 980.01303 En19E [4 volumes]


Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Barbara A. Tenenbaum, editor-in-chief.  Scribner’s: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1996. 

Main level, Reference: R 980.003 En19E [5 volumes]


Keen’s Latin American Civilization:  History and Society, 1942 – present.  Lila M. Caimari, Robert Buffington, and Benjamin Keen, editors.  Westview Press, 2009. 



Latin America:  Conflict and Development since 1945.  John Ward.  Routledge, 1997. 



Latin America and the Origins of its Twenty-first Century.  Michael Monteón.  Praeger, 2010. 



Latin America since Independence:  A History with Primary Sources.  Alexander S. Dawson.  Routledge, 2011. 



Latin American Politics and Development.  Harvey F. Kline and Howard J. Wiarda, editors.  Westview Press, 2011. 



People and Issues in Latin American History, from Independence to the Present:  Sources and Interpretations.  Lewis Hanke and Jane M. Rausch, editors.  M. Wiener Publishers, 1997. 

Upper level:  980.012 P39P


Race and Nation in Modern Latin America.  Nancy P. Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson, and Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, editors.  University of North Carolina Press, 2003. 

Upper level:  323.18 R114R


Revolution and Revolutionaries:  Guerilla Movements in Latin America.  Daniel Castro, editor.  SR Books, 1999. 

Upper level:  322.42098 R328R

Dictionaries   back to top

Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology. Thomas M. Stephens.  University Press of Florida, 1999. 

Main level, Reference:  R 305.80098 St45D


Historical Dictionary of the “Dirty Wars.”  David Kohut and Olga Vilella.  Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Main level, Reference:  R 982.06 K828H


The Latin American Political Dictionary.  Ernest E. Rossi.  ABC-Clio, 1980.

Main level, Reference :  R 980.00321 R735L

Atlases   back to top

Atlas and Survey of Latin American History.  Michael J. LaRosa and Germán R. Mejía.  M. E. Sharpe, 2007. 


Biographical Sources   back to top

Gale Biography in Context
Contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. Includes biographical articles from reference books and periodicals as well as multimedia content.

Liberators, Patriots, and Leaders of Latin America:  32 Biographies.  Jerome R. Adams, editor.  McFarland & Company, 2010.



Mexican Political Biographies, 1935 - 1993.  Roderic Ai Camp.  University of Texas Press, 1995. 

Main level, Reference:  R 972.0099 C15M


Prophets of the Revolution: Profiles of Latin American Leaders.  Robert Jackson Alexander.  Mcmillan, 1962. 

Upper level: 923.28 A127P


Locating Books  
THOMCAT back to top

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              


  Peron, Eva  [as AUTHOR]
  Peron, Eva  [as SUBJECT]
  Guevara, Ernesto, 1928-1967  [as SUBJECT]
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to biology:


  Latin America -- History  
  Latin America -- History -- 19th century  
  Latin America -- History -- 20th century  
  Latin America -- Politics and government -- 20th century  
  Revolutions -- Latin America  
  United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin America  
  Mexico -- History -- 19th century  
  Cuba -- History  

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add an asterisk * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
argentin* = argentina, argentine, argentinians, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Argentin*AND history
  Latin America AND nationalism

Use OR between words to expand your search:
Latin America OR South America

When combining "AND" and "OR" terms,
group "OR" terms with parentheses:

Mexico AND
national* OR independence )

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs,
an journal databases


eBooks   back to top

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 
Over 80,000 electronic books covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBook Collection

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

PASCAL Delivers back to top

PASCAL Catalog - If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.


Locating Articles:    
Journal/Newspaper Article Databases   back to top

The following journal and newspaper databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using keywords or phrases dealing with your topic. 

Academic Search Complete

The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

Cambridge Histories Online


Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities

Fuente Académica

Offers more than 450 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology


A searchable archive of full-text journals covering all disciplines while providing more full-text access in the library's electronic databases


Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals, news articles

New York Times Archive

Full-text & full-image articles from 1851 to 2008

Project MUSE

Current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences


World History In Context

A comprehensive collection of award-winning reference, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronologic research materials for the study of world history


Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Web Sites  
Primary Sources   back to top

Latin American Pamphlets


Latin American Posters Collection


Modern History Sourcebook


National Security Archive:  Sources on Latin America



Secondary Sources back to top

BBC News Latin America



LANIC – Latin American Network Information Center


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