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Screen capture from the UC Berkeley Library Latin American Studies Resource Guide.

Online Resources for Latin American Studies at the UC Berkeley Library  


The novel coronavirus presents a challenge for research. The Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Libraries, presents a collection of resources for research on the Americas. This compilation includes freely available and proprietary full-text articles and book databases in the humanities and social sciences, as well as films and media streaming resources. 



Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley Library Subject Guide for Latin American Studies

Digitized Primary Sources - the Caribbean and Latin American Studies: Digitized primary sources, both licensed and open-access, in Latin American Studies
UCB Bancroft Library Latin Americana: Mexico and Central America Collection

UCB Library Latin American Collection Instagram account 
UCB Library Blog Latin American Collections Updates 


Liladhar R. Pendse, Ph.D.
510-768-7610 | Lpendse@library.berkeley.edu

Liladhar Pendse is the UC Berkeley librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, and the Head of International Exchanges-Collections. In this role, Dr. Pendse manages the library’s resources about Latin America and its diaspora, and maintains several of the pages listed above to guide users through those resources. He holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies, an M.A. in Latin American Studies, and a MLIS, all from UCLA. Before joining UC Berkeley in 2012, Dr. Pendse worked at several academic libraries, including UCLA and Princeton University.

Dr. Pendse is available for office hours appointments between 9 am and 5 pm Pacific Time. To schedule an appointment, please send him an email at Lpendse@library.berkeley.edu

José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez, PhD
510.664.7828 | jabarragan@berkeley.edu

José Adrián Barragán-Álvarez is the curator for Latin Americana at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. Dr. Barragán-Álvarez oversees the library’s large collection of items and rare books related to Latin America. He received a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Texas.


CLAS Workshop about Online Resources

On May 15, CLAS hosted a presentation by UC Berkeley's librarian for its Latin American and the Caribbean collection, Liladhar R. Pendse, titled, “Latin American Studies: Online Research Resources During a Pandemic.” Dr. Pendse presented a select number of online sources for research on the Americas, including open access and proprietary full-text article and book databases in the humanities and social sciences, as well as resources for film and media streaming.

Leader image for talk by Liladhar Pendse on UC Berkeley library resources on Latin America.

Video of Dr. Pendse’s talk · Dr. Pendse's presentation (pdf)

Open Access sources mentioned in this event:  

1. Biblioteca Virtual de México: The Virtual Library of Mexico provides full-text access to over thirteen thousand digitized individual items. [https://bibliotecavirtualdemexico.cultura.gob.mx/]

2. Ricardo Flores Magón Archive: Virtual Archive which compiles exhaustively the writings of the Mexican Ricardo Flores Magón (1873-1922). [http://archivomagon.net/biblioteca-digital/]

3. Calisphere: Digitized images including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. [https://calisphere.org/]

4. Online Archive of California: Access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California including the 10 UC campuses. [https://oac.cdlib.org/]

5. John Carter Brown Library on Archive.org: Internationally renowned collection of primary historical sources pertaining to North and South America from the time of its discovery by Europeans (ca. 1492) until the end of the colonial period (ca. 1825). [https://archive.org/details/JohnCarterBrownLibrary]

6. Biblioteca Nacional de España Digital: Latin America: The Hispanic Digital Library is the digital library of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. Freely accessible portal to the Library's digital collections related with Latin America. [http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/Search.do?destacadas1=Hispanoam%C3%A9rica&home=true&languageView=en]

7. Biblioteca Nacional de España Digital: The Hispanic Digital Library is the digital library of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. It provides access free of charge to thousands of digitised documents, including books printed from the 15th to the 20th century, manuscripts, drawings, engravings, pamphlets, posters, photographs, maps, atlases, music scores, historic newspapers and magazines and audio recordings. [http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/Search.do?destacadas1=Independencia+americana&home=true&languageView=en

8. Universidad Nacional de La Pampa Repository: Free access to the scientific and academic production of the University, unpublished and unpublished. [http://www.biblioteca.unlpam.edu.ar/greenstone/cgi-bin/inicio.htm]

9. Cervantes Virtual: Large collection of digitized books, and more. [http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/

10. Hemeroteca Nacional Mexicana: It is the largest virtual repository of printed newspaper and magazine images in Mexico between 1722 and 2010, with nearly nine million digital pages, in which users can search for words and phrases within its textual content. [http://www.hndm.unam.mx/index.php/es/

11. SCIELO: A collection of over 1200 open access scholarly online journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities to meet the communication needs of researchers in the Global South, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean.[https://www.scielo.br/]

12. Redalyc: A collection of over 1200 open access scholarly journals covering all aspects of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences published by more than 500 institutions in 22 Ibero-American countries. [https://www.redalyc.org/]

13. Jstor: El Colegio de México: El Colegio de México is an autonomous public institution devoted to research and higher education in the social sciences and the humanities. El Colegio has academic and exchange agreements with many Mexican and foreign institutions and universities. [https://www.jstor.org/publisher/colmex]

14. CLACSO: Biblioteca Ayacucho: A selection of books from the Classical Collection in open access and that readers of our continent and the world can access to the best of our traditions, an expression of the vitality and plurality of American and Caribbean social thought. [https://www.clacso.org.ar/biblioteca_ayacucho/

15. CLACSO: Librería Latinoamericana: CLACSO Latin American and Caribbean Library of Social Sciences. More than 1,000 books in open access.[https://www.clacso.org.ar/libreria-latinoamericana/inicio.php]

16. Documents of Latin American and Latino Art: Explore over 8,000 Documents of 20th and 21st⁠-⁠century art in Latin America, the Caribbean, and among US Latino communities. [https://icaadocs.mfah.org/s/en/page/home]

Special thanks to Liladhar R. Pendse for the above resources.


CLAS and the UC Berkeley Library

The UC Berkeley Library is a vital educational resource for those studying Latin America, and CLAS has long been deeply tied to the library system. Beyond the social conscience represented by such facilities as the Free Speech Movement Café, the Library and its staff have long supported the CLAS program, enriching the experiences of students, faculty, and visitors. Notably, the Library played host to the exhibit organized by CLAS of Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib works in 2007, their first display at a public institution in the U.S. and an event which led to the artist donating the works to UC Berkeley.

Fernando Botero reviews the Abu Ghraib installation at UC Berkeley's Main (Doe) Library in 2007. (Photo by Jan Sturmann.)
Fernando Botero reviews the Abu Ghraib installation at UC Berkeley's Main (Doe) Library in 2007. (Photo by Jan Sturmann.)