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Europa Plus : South America, Central America and the Caribbean Restricted Access Some full text available
Europa Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries. This link goes directly to their information about Latin America and the Caribbean.

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Covers cultural issues and includes numerous biographical profiles of important figures in politics, letters and the arts.

Pop Culture Latin America! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. A survey of contemporary Latin American popular culture, covering topics that range from music and film to popular festivals and fashion.

Encyclopedia of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean cultures Case Ref F1406 .E515 2000 vols. 1-3
London ; New York : Routledge, 2000

Peoples of the Caribbean : An Encyclopedia of Archaeology and Traditional Culture Restricted Access Some full text available
2005 ed. A comprehensive guide to the archaeology and traditional culture of the Caribbean.

Countries & Their Cultures Restricted Access Some full text available
2001 ed. Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
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Scholarly Articles - Secondary Sources
Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Historical Abstracts Restricted Access
Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women`s history, history of education, and more.

Hapi Online Restricted Access
Coverage: 1970-present. A source for journal article citations about Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.  Many articles in Spanish.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences Restricted Access
Coverage: 1951-present. Indexes and asbstracts social science and interdisciplinary research. For book reviews, search title of book and REVIEW in Publication Type.

JSTOR Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Includes over one thousand leading academic journals as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous titles. For most JSTOR titles, the most recent years of publication are not covered.  If you want the most recent scholarship on a topic, you should probably try another database.  However, current issues for more than 150 journals are available on JSTOR as part of the Current Scholarship Program.
Newspapers
Access World News - International Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies by title. Access World News provides full-text information and perspectives from over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. This title does not include U.S. news.

World News Connection Restricted Access Some full text available
New interface! Coverage: 1995-2013; extremely limited 1994. Translations from more than 800 non-U.S. media sources, including news articles, Web sites, broadcasts, periodicals, government press releases, and non-classified technical reports. Information is available within 24-72 hours from original publication or broadcast. Earlier content is available from Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996 on the Newsbank platform.ProQuest interface (2006- ) disappearing in 2014, available from the Databases  A-Z list

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1974-1996. Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Series 1 through 6 have been released. They cover Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East.

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies, generally 1980s-- . A multi-disciplinary database, with especially strong news, business and legal material.
Statistics
Data (World Bank) Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group provides free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

Human Development Reports Unrestricted Access
The Human Development Report is an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). From this site you can access the reports as well as data related to human development. 

Statistical yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean Case Reference HA751 .A58 Unrestricted Access
Print reference source from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

International historical statistics: the Americas 1750-2005 Case Ref HA175 .M55 2007 Unrestricted Access
A useful compendium of historical statistics.
Maps
Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection
Maps produced by the U. S. Central Intelligence Agency, unless otherwise indicated.
Citation Format Matrix

Style Guides for Research Papers

The following links go to pages in :

"Research and Documentation Online, 5th edition"
by Diana Hacker and Barbra Fister
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/index.htm

Style Convention Cited Material Type
MLA

Modern Language Associaton
Formats for the humanities

Journals, Periodicals, Magazines

Books - Online - Multimedia - Other

APA

American Psychological Association
Formats for social sciences

Journals, Periodicals, Magazines

Books - Online - Other

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style
Alternative style for humanities / social sciences

Journals, Periodicals, Magazines

Books - Online - Other

CSE

Council of Sciene Editiors
Formats for sciences

Journals, Periodicals, Magazines

Books - Online - Other

There are more specific style manuals in the Case and Cooley Libraries

Communicating the Findings of Your Research
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Free online version of Hacker's famous guide to citing research. Excellent resource, and works as a great online addition to the Writer's Guide.

Citation & Style Guides Unrestricted Access
Online information about commonly used citation and style guides, e.g., MLA, APA, etc., Refworks, and a list of print guides available in the Colgate Libraries.

OWL Online Writing Lab (from Purdue) Unrestricted Access
Provides great information and tips for writing a research paper, as well as using APA or MLA for citations.

Writing & Speaking Center Unrestricted Access
The Colgate Writing and Speaking Center offers students one-to-one assistance with essays and oral presentations. Our mission is to help any writer or speaker at any stage of the process, from brainstorming initial ideas to revising a final draft or reviewing an oral performance.




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