The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Latin American Studies

A guide for students who are studying the history, language, literature, society, culture, and politics of Latin America.

Finding Articles

Use the facets in the Summon results page to narrow your search. Search using your keywords, then restrict your search to 'Scholarly & Peer-Review' (for example).

Scan entries for new terms to use in your next search.

Search everything.

Use Summon to search across the entire library catalog (books, DVDs, government documents) and most of the library databases (journal articles, images, newspapers).

Advanced Search


Recommended Databases

Remember that most databases search across disciplines. Pay attention to the names of the journals in your search results and chose articles suitable for your discipline.

Start with one of these databases:

Google Scholar

Another path for locating scholarship is to use Google Scholar.

Google Scholar defines scholarship more broadly than most of your professors, so always double-check to make sure what you're finding is suitable. Google Scholar also includes much material which is not available in the library databases (but is typically available through interlibrary loan).

If you are not on campus, you need to adjust your settings in Google Scholar so it can search the library's databases.

For more information about effective use of Google Scholar, see our handout.

Google Scholar Search

Interlibrary Loan

If you've never requested an article from another library, check out our guide to interlibrary loan (ILL). Or, go straight to the form:

Top Journals

Here are the top 10 journals in the field of Latin American Studies according to Google Scholar. MKLibrary has each of these available in multiple databases. Click on a link below and then click on a database to browse the journal:

Latin American Perspectives

Latin American Research Review

Latin American Politics and Society 

Bulletin of Latin American Research

Journal of Latin American Studies

Journal of Latin American Geography

Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional 

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Latin American Antiquity

Latino Studies

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