This page is designed to give a general introduction to some of the resources available to you. As you begin to focus on your own research topic, please feel free to set up an appointment with me for research assistance specific to your needs.
Selected Print Resources
African Caribbeans: A Reference Guide
Shelved on the 8th Floor, Main Library. Call #: F 1629 .B55 A37 2003
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
Shelved in the Reference Collection, 1st Floor, Main Library. Call # F 1406 .E515 2000 (3 volumes).
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Shelved in the Reference Collection, 1st Floor, Main Library. Call # F 1406 .E53 1996 (5 volumes).
Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics
Shelved in the Reference Collection, 1st Floor, Main Library. Call #: F 1410 .E56 2002
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources
Bibliography of reference sources in multiple disciplines (arts, humanities, social sciences, etc.) related to Latin America.
Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History
This three volume set brings together topically arranged essays on the diverse cultures and literatures of Latin America
Locating Other Books
When looking for books by topic, start with a KEYWORD search. This allows you to search in multiple fields in the record and for multiple terms in one search. For example, if you were looking for books on the impact of African Americans on television, you could try this search: (blacks or afro americans or african americans) and television
The OhioLINK Library Catalog is the database of all books and other materials owned by the 85 public and private colleges and universities that are OhioLINK member libraries. For any item not available at KSU, it is possible to request the item online and have it sent to any KSU library or another OhioLINK institution for pick up.
Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.
Locating Journal Articles
Keep in mind that there are many other databases available, some of which may better cover the specific topic in which you are interested.
Clase and Periodica (1975 - Current)
An interdisciplinary index of articles, essays, book reviews, conference proceedings, technical reports, and more published in 2600 journals edited in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as from publications that focus on Pan American issues. CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and the humanities. PERIODICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Languages covered include Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.
Offers scholarly evaluations of books, journal articles and other resources in the field of Latin American studies. Updated annually.
Academic Search Complete
Provides full text for more than 4,000 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated daily.List of journals included.
An online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa, Aluka includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides. One of the site's primary objectives is to provide African scholars and students with access to scholarly materials originally from Africa.
America: History and Life (1960 - Current)
Provides a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
eHRAF World Cultures
A systematically organized collection of thousands of full-text books and articles on cultures from all regions of the world; provides information on particular cultures, ethnic groups, or immigrant groups, their beliefs and superstitions, or subjects such as political structure, architecture, kinship units, or settlement patterns. The information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups.
Historical Abstracts (1967 - Current)
Contains references about the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).
International Index to Black Periodicals
An interdisciplinary index that includes over 150 scholarly and popular journals, which cover art, cultural criticism, economics, education, health, history, language and literature, law, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology, and more.
JSTOR is an electronic archive of complete journal backruns, current to within 2 to 5 years. The collections include: Arts & Sciences I-VIII, Business Collection I-III, Ecology & Botany, General Science, and Language and Literature. For Kent State University, students and faculty now have access to 381 JSTOR journals representing over 2 million articles.
Selected Free Web Resources
An organisation for consultation, cooperation and concerted action. Its current focus is on Trade, Transport, Sustainable Tourism and Natural Disasters. Includes links to other organizations with interests in the Caribbean.
Created and maintained by the Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM), this directory provides links to Caribbean newspapers, scholarly journals in Caribbean Studies, organizations and research centers.
Internet-based Institution for the Development and Study of the Caribbean Region and its Peoples. Does not proved "basic facts" information; offers critical evaluation of the "facts behind the facts," the "ideas behind the policies," and the "concepts behind the ideas." Areas covered include: sustainable development; political economy of the region; regional integration and external relations; ethnicity, race and class; culture and development; tourism, ecology and public health; gender and sexuality.
Selected Resources for Locating Additional Web Resources
Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal created for history teachers, students, and general history enthusiasts. BOHWS contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites.
Google is a Web search engine that uses a search algorithm to return sites based on relevancy. Advanced search capabilities allow you to further customize search query. Use quotes to search for phrases, ex. "african diaspora".
Librarians' Index to the Internet provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources. Covers a broad range of subjects. Has both a topical directory arrangement and search capabilities.