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Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Find Articles

Use Indexes to Find Journal Literature

Listed below are a few key indexes. Many of the discipline-based indexes, and the large inter-disciplinary indexes such as Proquest and Social Sciences Abstracts, are international in scope and can be found on the Libraries' Databases page.

Prisma and HAPI Online are fully integrated indexes devoted to Latin American studies-- Prisma offers key titles that are indexed in HAPI Online and incorporates HAPI indexing directly into the database. They are produced by different providers using different search algorithms, so results differ. Try both!    


More than 700 full-text titles are currently available, most with a backfile to the year 2002, with some back to the mid-nineties. The Prisma search interface is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

HAPI Online

 Provides access to articles in journals published in Latin America, but also indexes the Latin America-related content of many major North American and European journals. Coverage from 1970 to the present. 

About a third of citations are linked to full-text outside of HAPI. Click through the Article Linker for full-text access from other sources.

Tip: HAPI assumes truncation. For example, “argentin” would return results including “argentina”, “argentine”, “argentinian”, etc.

CAB Abstracts

Covers agriculture broadly, including rural development.

Historical Abstracts

Good coverage of Latin America. Index coverage from 1954 forward, providing access to historical articles for the Modern period (1492-present).

MLA International Bibliography (via Ebsco)

MLA is the most important index for the world's languages and literatures, folklore and linguistics scholarship. Indexes journals, books, working papers, proceedings, and dissertations.

PAIS International (including Archive)

A key resource for the literature of public and social policy. Provides citations and abstracts of journal articles, books and book chapters, and government documents. PAIS Archive is a retrospective database supplementing PAIS International containing more than 1.2 million records covering the years 1915-1976.

MARS: MSU Article Retrieval Service

Is an article or book chapter that you need available only in a print source?

MARS provides free scans of articles and book chapters from the MSU Libraries' print collection in 2 to 3 business days!

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