Search Engines, News, and Blogs
Search Engine Colossus and Search Engine Guide are comprehensive global master directories of local search engines for regional, country, or language-specific searches. Google Translate is a useful option. Glearch allows you to search for language and country-specific content in "top results from Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country."
News Sources in
English on Latin America and the Caribbean--
Herald (Argentina), Santiago Times
(Chile), MercoPress (Southern Cone), Folha
de São Paulo (Brazil), Tico Times (Costa
Rica Star, The Gleaner
(Jamaica), Colombia Reports, Caribbean
America News Dispatch, Christian
Science Monitor, Washington
York Times, Miami
Angeles Times, Global
Press Service, Reuters Brazil
News, Reuters Mexico
Insightful Blogs about Latin America and the Caribbean-- Bloggings by Boz, The Latin Americanist, LatIntelligence, Foreign Policy Association, Latin America and Caribbean (World Bank), Americas View (The Economist), Americas Quarterly, Latin America's Moment (Council on Foreign Relations), Center for Strategic and International Studies, AULA Blog, Caracas Chronicles, From Brazil (Folha de São Paulo), Brazil Portal (Wilson Center), Mexico Portal (Wilson Center)
• Americas Center-- From the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, with a lot of staff papers, economic analyses, statistics, and speeches online, plus links on Latin American macroeconomic and financial topics.
• Americas Program of the Center for International Policy-- "A leading source of information for activists, academics and citizens concerned about US foreign policy toward Latin America and movements for social justice within the hemisphere." Articles, commentaries, and reports on Latin American issues are posted online.
• Americas Society and Council of the Americas-- Joint website for, respectively, the "the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas," and "the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere." Posts news, analysis, and videos by topics, countries, and other categories.
• Evidence and
Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)-- "Knowledge
sharing and learning platform," funded by the UK's
Department for International Development, to promote
knowledge, diffusion, and networking about "recent Latin
American experiences on selected economic, environmental
and governance issues," with a South-South emphasis.
Andes-- Social science research center focusing on
the Andean countries and Latin America, based in Quito.
Features a very useful virtual library with full-text
digital books, an academic debate forum to post papers, a
digital repository with theses, magazines, bulletins,
videos, photos, and multimedia, and a web directory.
• Handbook of Latin American Studies--
From the Hispanic Division of the United States Library of
Congress, this is an annual multidisciplinary bibliography
on Latin America, consisting of works selected and
annotated by scholars. It is now online as a thoroughly
searchable database, from Volume 1 (1935) to date. An
• H-Caribbean-- Member of the H-Net
Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative,
"sponsored by the Association of Caribbean Historians,"
aiming to overcome "fragmentation that has traditionally
characterized the field and region... provide access to
debates and discussions on Caribbean studies, act as a
resource to academics teaching and researching in
associated fields [and] serve to reinforce the growing
awareness of the region as an important and rich area for
further research and study."
"International forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin
American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities
& Social Sciences Online initiative and affiliated
with the Conference On Latin American History."
• InSight-- Aims
to "increase the level of research, analysis and
investigation on organized crime in Latin America and the
Caribbean... connects the pieces, the players and
organizations and gives a cohesive look of the region’s
criminal enterprises and the effectiveness of the
initiatives designed to stop them," with emphasis on
Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia.
• Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights-- From "one of two bodies in the
inter-American system for the promotion and protection of
human rights," information on the Commission and about
human rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, published
as yearly reports, country reports, and in other formats.
• Inter-American Development Bank-- Many
authoritative working papers, reports, statistics, and
databases online concerning a wide range of social,
economic, and political matters in specific countries and
in the whole region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Main Index Page-- Overview of all site contents. The Publications page is another starting point.
Countries Page-- Starting point for information, statistics, and studies by country.
Felipe Herrera Library-- Search the IDB site and beyond for information and analysis on Latin America.
Research and Data-- Note especially the Publications page, with many high quality studies online.
Highly recommended: the annual survey "Economic and Social Progress in Latin America"
• Inter-American Dialogue-- "The
leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and
communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The
Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from
across the Americas to address hemispheric problems and
opportunities." Various types of publications online.
• Inter-American Press Association--
Prestigious "non-profit organization dedicated to
defending freedom of expression and of the press
throughout the Americas." Reports, press releases, and
news on press freedom in the countries of the Western
Hemisphere and related information.
• Just the Facts-- "Citizen
effort to oversee and understand the United States'
military relationship with the Western Hemisphere." Posts
data, analysis, links, and more on the topic. "A project
of the Latin America Working Group Education Fund in
cooperation with the Center for International Policy and
the Washington Office on Latin America."
• Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas-- At the University of Texas at Austin, this Center posts news and analysis on journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean and offers a newsletter on journalism in the Americas.
• Latin America and Caribbean Research Portal-- From the University of London, "offers a searchable directory of Latin American and Caribbean Studies research resources in the UK. The site displays lists of academic staff/researchers, thesis in progress, institutions/centres/universities, libraries and museums in UK and EIRE working in this area."
• Latin America Working Group-- "Coalition of over sixty [U.S.] religious, human rights, policy, grassroots and development organizations... striving for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and sustainable development in the region." Online news, policy analysis reports, and general studies.
• Latin American Databank-- From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, "locates, acquires, processes and archives public opinion surveys conducted by the survey research community in Latin America, including universities, institutes, individual scholars, private polling and public opinion research firms." Results of most of the studies are posted cost-free.
• Latin American Economic System (SELA)--
Regional, economic integration-focused IGO, with
searchable reports, bulletins, articles, database, and
other publications online, mainly in Spanish.
American Network Information Center-- The University
of Texas at Austin maintains one of the major sites in the
world for Latin American information, which serves as the
WWW Virtual Library of Latin American Studies. The site is
organized by country, subject, region, and LANIC projects
and hosted databases, including a full-text database of
Fidel Castro's speeches. Note the Latin American Government Documents
Archive, which "seeks to preserve and facilitate
access to a wide range of ministerial and presidential
documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The Archive contains copies of the Web sites of
approximately 300 government ministries and presidencies."
• Latin American Pamphlet Digital
Collection-- From Harvard's Widener Library, posts
over 5000 "scarce and unique Latin American pamphlets
published during the 19th and the early 20th centuries...
valuable primary resources for students and researchers
working on Latin American history."
• Latin American Program of the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars-- A
"nonpartisan forum in Washington, D.C. to discuss Latin
American and Caribbean issues and to bring these issues to
the attention of opinion leaders and policy makers
throughout the hemisphere" through "public
forums...independent research and...residential
fellowships to distinguished scholars and senior
policymakers." Site posts information on the Program, many
of its publications, event summaries, and media files.
Note especially the many postings of the Brazil
American Public Opinion Project-- From Vanderbilt
University, "databases of public opinion information about
political viewpoints across Latin America," collected over
decades on topics related to democracy, such as "system
support, political tolerance, citizen participation, local
government, corruption, and views on authoritarianism."
This large site posts and links to many analytical studies
from the polls and makes data sets available. Note
especially the Americas
Barometer, a survey of political, economic, and social
attitudes in the region.
Latin American Studies Association--
LASA is the largest professional association in the world
for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of
Latin America, and offers (to members only) hundreds of
downloadable papers from its most recent International
Congresses. Note that some of the specialized country and
topic study sections have their own web sites.
"Non-profit NGO based in Santiago, Chile [that] researches
the development of democracy and economies as well as
societies, using indicators of opinion, attitudes,
behaviour and values. Its results are used by social and
political actors, international organizations, governments
and the media." English language version of site is
available. Posts cost-free online its excellent annual
surveys and reports about democracy in Latin America, as
well as some other analytical products.
• Organization of American States--
This principal international organization of the Western
Hemisphere posts many documents and much information,
analysis, and statistical data. Extensive resources are
found in the Foreign Trade Information System,
with information, statistics, and documents about
hemispheric integration, trade trends in the Western
Hemisphere, and links to further data.
• Pew Hispanic Center-- "Non-partisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation." Authoritative source for online data and public opinion surveys about the demography, economics, education, and identity of the U.S. Hispanic population. Based at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.
• Plataforma Democrática's Virtual Library-- This "library’s holdings consist of a specialized collection of works about democracy in Latin America. This section will provide users with free access to the library’s twenty thousand titles, which may be queried by author or by title keywords." Searchable in several languages for full-text publications. This research institute posts its own publications and a Research Center Database which "contains information about more than 450 Latin American research centers and researchers whose work focuses on democracy-related topics."
• ReVista-- From the David Rockefeller
Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, a
free analytical and themed magazine in PDF about the
region, published three times yearly, with archives back
to Fall 1998.
• United Nations Economic Commission for
Latin America and the Caribbean-- News, information,
many statistics, and many online reports are available
free in full-text from this United Nations regional
organization. Great source for high quality online
economic information about Latin America, including the
annual Social Panorama of Latin America.
• Washington Office on Latin America--
A leading advocate for human rights, democracy, and social
and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Coverage and analysis of topics including U.S. legislation
and policy, country and regional situations, military aid,
and key current issues, with online publications.
• World Bank Latin American and Caribbean--
Full-text papers, discussion notes, and reports on
economic, environmental, and social issues in Latin
America and the Caribbean today.