This guide is selective and intended as a point of departure for your research in Latin American Studies. 

For general historical sources see Library Research Guide for History.

Please feel free to email us with questions. We can make an appointment for you to come in, and we can talk at length about your project.
Anna Assogba (assogba@fas.harvard.edu), Research Librarian and Library Liaison for Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Lamont Library
Fred Burchsted, (burchst@fas.harvard.edu) Research Librarian and Liaison to the Department of History, Widener Library
Lynn Shirey, (shirey@fas.harvard.edu) Librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, Widener Library

Getting What You Need

There is a guide to Finding Materials in Widener.

Finding a pertinent book on the shelf and then looking at its neighbors is an excellent way of finding more material, because the call number system is also a subject system:  QH 30 means biographies of biologists and naturalists.

If a book is checked out, you can probably get it within 1-4 days via Borrow Direct.  This is quicker than recalling it from the person who has it.

The new Harvard Direct system allows you to request a book from one library to be delivered to another.  Hit Request item on the HOLLIS record for a book that is not checked out.

If you have the citation to an article which is not available online or the pages or chapter (up to 100 pp.) from a book, Scan & Deliver will email you the pdf within 1-4 days. Hit Scan & Deliver on the HOLLIS record.

Interlibrary Loan will obtain, generally within 1 week-10 days, material not held by Harvard.  This includes books (for which try the quicker Borrow Direct first), DVDs, microfilm and other formats.  ILL will also obtain scans of periodical articles and book chapters not available at Harvard: choose Request Article/Chapter under ILL Requests on your ILL page.  This takes only 1-4 days. Use WorldCat to verify references for InterLibrary Loan. Give them the Accession no. at the bottom of the WorldCat record in the OCLC field of the ILL request form.

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