This research guide introduces selected academic publications related to Latin American History, Anthropology and History of the Greater Caribbean. Use the menu on the left to navigate and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Use the book now button on the right to schedule a meeting with me.


Here are some suggestions for locating primary sources in the library’s collection. The three main pathways are library catalogs, databases, and freely available resources on the web. Consult the online Primary Source Research Guide for further details.

Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
Explore the library's monograph collection with the help of the Books & Media file of the catalog. Books that are not available can be requested through EZBorrow or interlibrary loan. Expect to wait for about a week. Here are some suggestions for locating primary sources and secondary sources in the library's collection. Ask for advice and directions if you cannot find what you are looking for.

Find primary sources in the catalog with keywords such as correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, speeches, documents, and sources together with keywords that describe your topic. You can find information about the Caribbean follow the Library of Congress Subject Headings:

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.

Primary and Secondary Sources

AM Explorer (Adam Matthew Digital)
Presents a wide range of primary sources spanning from the 15th to the 21st century. This collection gives access to over sixty unique digital collection produced by Adam Matthew.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in America between 1639 and 1800. Titles were selected based on Charles Evans's American Bibliography.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America from 1801 through 1819. Contains many state papers and government reports. Titles were selected based on Ralph Shaw's and Richard H. Shoemaker's American Bibliography.

Early English Books Online (ProQuest)  Tutorial
Provides access to digital page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and newspapers. For searchable text of selected titles see Early English Books Online -Text Creation Partnership.

Early English Books Online (Text Creation Partnership)  Tutorial
Provides access to fully searchable texts of a subset of about 60,000 books from the Early English Books Online collection. Text files are available for bulk download as zipped files.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Parts I&II (Gale)
Offers full text access to nearly every English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, alongside thousands of works published in the Americas, between 1701 and 1800.

Gale Primary Sources
Provides a cross-searching platform for locally available Gale primary source collections such as the Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, Sabin Americana, and more.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books, book reviews, and dissertations that cover world history from 1450 to the present.

Internet Archive
Provides digital access to books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Many of the freely available resources are books published prior to 1923 and government documents.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
Preserves and provides lawful access to the 17 million digitized items.

Features a multi-disciplinary research platform with full text archives of selected academic journals, monographs and essay collections, primary sources, and visual collections formerly housed on the Artstor platform. Current issues of academic journals are not included in most cases.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines including Atlantic History, and Latin American Studies.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
Offers digital access to books, pamphlets, serials, and other sources published worldwide from 1500 to the early 20th century and documenting the history of the Americas.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law (HeinOnline)
Offers essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world including slavery statutes, state and federal cases, legal commentary, pamphlets, books, and scholarly articles.

Studies in Imperialism (manchester hive)
Explores all aspects of British Imperial histories including migration, economic relationships, religion, languages and literatures, science and the environment, slavery, social control and propaganda, gender and sex, and race and racism.

Encyclopedias, Companions & Handbooks

The library has a large collection of subject-specific encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions with exhaustive and well-researched articles written by subject experts. These essays are great introductions to the historiography of a topic and helpful in defining and focusing it. Look out for recommended secondary and primary sources.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in Britain. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.

Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
The OED is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words%u2014 past and present%u2014from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED focus is on present-day meanings and authoritative information on words in the English language, including their form, definition, history, pronunciation, and etymology.

Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship in a field of study through review articles written by leading subject specialists. Articles review key issues and debates and set the agenda for new research.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford University Press)
Offers peer-reviewed topical introductions and literature reviews written by well-regarded authorities. It includes Latin American History.

Current News (Interdisciplinary)

Access World News (NewsBank)  Tutorial
Provides full text access to national and international newspaper articles and radio and television news transcripts.

Factiva (Dow Jones)
Provides access to international, national, and local news sources. Many news media such as newspapers, magazines, wires, blogs, and transcripts are aggregated in English and foreign languages.

New York Times (  Access Instructions
Offers access to all sections of the website without monthly limits. Coverage from 1851 to the present, with limited availability of articles from 1923-1980. For full-text access to all NYT content except the most recent five years, use Historical Newspapers (ProQuest).

Historical Newspapers

American Periodicals (ProQuest)
A selection of periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900.

America's Historical Newspapers (Readex)
Includes full text of selected early American newspapers published between 1690 and 1922.

British Periodicals (ProQuest)
Provides access to British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th century, with the majority of the content from the 19th century.

British Library Newspapers (Gale)
Includes over 240 newspaper titles from the United Kingdom and Ireland, and spans the years of 1732 to 1950 over six distinct collections. Illuminating diverse and distinct regional attitudes, cultures, and vernaculars, providing an alternative viewpoint to the London-centric national press.

Burney Collection Newspapers, 17th-18th Century (Gale)
Features the newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817), representing the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media.

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full-text access to the complete New York Times archive except for the most recent five years.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers (Gale)
Provides full text access to an array of major 19th-century American newspapers, regional newspapers, illustrated papers, and those published by groups and interests such as African Americans, Native Americans, women's rights groups, labor groups, and the Confederacy.

Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals (Gale)
Features digital access to a selection of 19th century British magazines on women, children, leisure and sport, humor, anthropology, travel, missionaries, and colonies.

Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-2019 (Gale)
Provides a fully searchable facsimile of the Times of London. The Times is the world's oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication.