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Latin American History: Reference works

An introductory guide to sources for Latin American history.

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Why use reference works?

Reference works are a good place to start for basic information on a topic. Using a carefully selected reference work for factual information is far more reliable than general online sources such as Wikipedia.

For example;

  • dates and summaries of significant events, such as the Mexican Revolution
  • biographical information, e.g. a profile of Fidel Castro
  • definitions of concepts and movements such as liberation theology, Sandinistas, Tupamaros

Online sources

Printed bibliographies

A bibliography is essentially a list of books, often arranged by subject, region, language or time period. Bibliographies are an excellent way to discover and review the literature of a given topic or area. The following are all available in Oxford libraries: