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Primary Sources for Latin America
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Keep in mind that as you begin to develop a specific research topic there may be more pertinent primary source archives for you to utilize. The resources below are just jumping off points.
Art and Music Collections
American Music (formerly American Song) A growing database of over 12,500 tracks that illustrate our countrys history through music. Includes the following genres: country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B, and shape note singing.
Scope: United States.
Smithsonian Global Sound Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is a virtual encyclopedia of the worlds musical and aural traditions. This collection provides users with a variety of online resources, including access to full length streams of the vast audio database.
See the Primary Sources page to gain a better understanding of what a primary source is.
Historical Newspapers via Sarah Lawrence College Library
New York Times Comprehensive digital coverage back to 1980 is available for this internationally renowned U.S. newspaper through the ProQuest database. The complete text of recent articles is provided in the ASCII format. The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine are provided in PDF format.
Dates: 1980 to present.
New York Times, ProQuest Historical Newspapers Full page and article images with searchable text from 1851-2013. Digital reproductions of every page of the New York Times are available to be searched and researchers can also scan through the front pages, advertisements, editorials, obituaries, and other features of the newspaper. Searches can also be constructed for specific date ranges.
Dates: 1851 to 2013.
Ethnic NewsWatch Ethnic NewsWatch contains and searches as one both Ethnic NewsWatch, which is a current collection, and Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which is an historical collection. Ethnic NewsWatch, the current file, covers 1990 to present and Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, covers 1959-1989. Includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of ethnic, minority, and native presses.
Scope: United States and Canada.
Dates: 1959 to present.
Early American Newspapers (1690-1876) Includes thousands of U.S. historical newspaper titles from all 50 states. Search through news content in individual publications as well as images and advertisements.
Scope: United States.
Dates: 1690 to 1876.
Additional Historical Newspaper Resources
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) Social sciences and humanities resources on Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Contains 300,000 records, 170,000+ of which contain full-text links. Search for articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Scope: North, Central, and South Americas.
Dates: 1970 to present.
Britannica Online (Encyclopedia) Online encyclopedia with over 100,000 new and revised articles written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors and other experts. See “Media Browse” for short videos and images on a wide variety of topics.
Anthropological Literature Index to articles and book chapters about anthropology, archaeology, and related disciplines. Coverage includes resources in over 50 languages.
Dates: 1700s to present.
Historical Abstracts Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from the 15th century to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. This authoritative database provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages.
Scope: Worldwide (excluding the United States and Canada)
Dates: 1953 to present (some titles back to early 20th century).
Humanities Full Text Provides full text, abstracts, and bibliographic citations for noted scholarly resources as well as specialized magazines in the humanities. Topics include art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion, and much more.
Librarian Tip: When searching for names of people and/or places be sure to include alternative spellings to capture all pertinent results. Additionally, if searching across multiple languages think about how different languages refer to the person, place, or thing and utilize all terms.
Subjects & Keywords
There are a multitude of Subject Terms you might want to use depending on your topic, but here are a few to get you started.
Examples of specific groups, classes, cultures Subject Headings:
Examples of specific time periods Subject Headings:
See our Keyword and Subject Searching box (on this guide) for more information.