Latin American History

Background Information | E-Book Collections | Web Sites | Article Databases | Journals | Reading and Writing Guides

Background Information

General Works

These select sources are intended to give the reader a general overview of the history of Latin America. Please check the Library catalogue or browse the shelves for more print resources specific to your topic or time period.

  • Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America F 1410 C4397 2001
  • The Cambridge History of Latin America (2 vol.) F 1410 C1834 1984
  • The Epic of Latin America F 1410 C76 1992
  • The Penguin History of Latin America F 1410 W54 1992A

Reference Works and Readers

These general and country-specific reference works contain entries and essays on important people, places and events in Latin American history.

  • The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Society F 2810 A646 2002
  • The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics F 2521 B768 1999
  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture F 1408.3 C36 2004
  • The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics F 1776 C85 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Cuba ONLINE
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (5 volumes) REF F1406 E536 1996
  • Mexico: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Culture and History F 1234 C67 2004
  • The Oxford Companion to World Exploration ONLINE
  • The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History F 1410O95 2011
  • The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics F 3531 P478 2005

Historical Atlases

Historical maps and atlases can help you to visualize the course of history by illustrating changing geopolitical boundaries, trade and exploration routes, historical landmarks, and more.

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E-Book Collections

E-books are available from Selkirk College Library. For more e-literature and primary-source documents, browse these collections to read texts online or to download free books to your computer or e-reader.

Web Sites

There is a wealth of valuable material on the history of Latin America available online. These select web sites contain links to primary- and secondary-source document collections, interactive timelines, games and quizzes, digital image collections and more.

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Article Databases

Search article databases to find journal & magazine articles.  Recommended databases for Latin America history include:

More databases can be found at:  Research databases > History

A complete list of databases can be accessed from our homepage:  FIND > Research Databases


These are just a few of the Latin America-related journals that you can access online or through Selkirk College Library. Click on the links to find out where you can access these journals.

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Reading and Writing Guides

Reading and writing guides are available in the library for you to use during every stage of the research and writing process. Take a look if you want to improve your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

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