Spanish and Latin American Cultures

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Welcome! On this page, you will find tools for research in Spanish and Latin American Cultures. This interdisciplinary field includes the study of the Spanish language, as well as the literatures and cultures of Spain, Latin America (including Central America, South America, and the Caribbean), and the Spanish-speaking United States.


If you are looking for secondary sources, check out these databases.

DialNet  features scholarly journal articles from Spain and Latin America, in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It also includes full-text doctoral dissertations from Spanish universities.

HAPI Online features citations to articles and book reviews in scholarly journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean, or those dealing with topics relating to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino/a Americans. Links to full-text are available for selected journals.

Informe provides full text articles from Latin American journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as full text popular magazines from Latin America and Spain.

MLA International Bibliography features scholarly articles on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. Sources include periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies. Coverage spans 1923 to the present.

Periodicals Archive Online archives journals in humanities and social sciences from around the world, in full text. The collection includes 99 journals in Spanish.



To access contemporary and historical news sources, look at these databases.

Ethnic Newswatch features full text articles from ethnic, minority, and indigenous press in the US, from the1960’s onward.

Hispanic American Newspapers offers full text access to Spanish language papers printed in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries.

LADB , also known as Latin America Database, consists of three weekly online news digests (Sourcemex, NotiCen and NotiSur) covering Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with articles from 1986 to the present.

World Newspaper Archive: Latin American Newspapers is a searchable archive of Latin American newspapers from the19th and 20th centuries, including publications in both English and Spanish.


Primary Sources

Consult this list for digitized text and image primary sources.

Caribbean Literature  includes full text works of 19th and 20th century Caribbean poetry and fiction, with many works in Spanish.

Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection features digitized archival pamphlets from 19th and 20th century Latin America.

Latin American Women Writers includes full text works of  prose, poetry and drama by Latin American women writers of the 19th century, in Spanish and Portuguese.



Brush up on your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and etymology.

Academia Mexicana de La Lengua: Diccionario Breve de Mexicanismos  includes definitions and etymologies for words and phrases in Mexican Spanish.

Oxford Language Dictionaries: Spanish provides a fully searchable bilingual Spanish-English and English-Spanish dictionary online, with supplementary resources in Spanish language history, culture, and colloquialisms.

Real Academia Española provides a strong collection of online Spanish language resources covering Spain and Latin America, including historic and regionally specific dictionaries.


Search across all Columbia University Library's databases:

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Finding Books

Browse the stacks using the call numbers for Spanish and Latin American Cultures:

History of Spain: DP1-402

History of Latin America: F1201-3799

Spanish Language: PC4001-4977

Spanish Literature (broadly): PQ6001-8929

Latin American Literature: PQ7081-8560


CLIO : Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.

To find primary sources in CLIO, use the keywords:

  • archives
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • narratives
  • memoirs
  • sources

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