BiblioNoticias No. 72, Revised, August 1998

Editor: Ann Hartness

Electronic Information Sources at the Benson Latin American Collection

Compiled by Craig Schroer

This annotated list is intended as a practical guide to quickly locating databases containing information relevant to Latin American studies. All databases listed are available in the Benson Latin American Collection and anyone may use them. Many of these resources are also available in other UT campus libraries on "UT Library Online" (UTLOL) computer workstations or via web access for users with valid UT ID (or a UT computer account). All of the databases in this bibliography (except for the CD-ROM Jukebox resources) are linked on the Benson Collection’s homepage at:

In addition, a wealth of resources is available through the homepage of the Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin:

Databases for Latin American and Mexican American/Latino Studies

Chicano Database, 1967 - present. Updated quarterly. Contains records for all types of material on Mexican-American topics and Chicanos. Since 1992, CDB identifies material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants.

The Handbook of Latin American Studies, 1935 - present. An annotated bibliography of books, chapters in books, reports and articles in the humanities and social sciences, pertaining to Latin America. Since this is a US Library of Congress project, access to this database is free and requires no UT affiliation.

The Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), 1970 - present. HAPI is the premier periodical index in Latin American Studies. It contains citations to scholarly journals that cover issues of interest to Latin Americanists or related to the U.S.-Mexico border or Latinos in the U.S. It is available to all users within any of the UT Libraries, and may also be accessed from off-campus by UT-affiliated users.

Latin American Studies Vol. I, Dates of coverage vary. This database is no longer available on UT Library Online Stations. However, its contents (no longer combined into a single resource) are available by searching the individual databases linked below:

• Library Catalog -- See description below -- includes the Benson Collection.

• Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) -- See description above

• Handbook of Latin American Studies -- See description above

Latin American Studies Vol. II, Dates of coverage vary. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Combines three different databases into a single resource of over 165,000 citations. Includes:

• Info-Latinoamerica (1985-present: formerly known as Info-South): abstracts and citations from leading international and domestic newspapers, journals, news magazines, newsletters, and other sources.

• Latin America Data Base (LADB) (1986-present): a full-text database covering Latin American current events (i.e., social, political, economic, military) with original articles based on information culled from multiple news sources.

• World Law Index, Part I - Hispanic Nations: a database of over 51,000 citations covering laws, decrees, regulations, etc. of Latin American countries.

Political Database of the Americas is one of the best online sites for finding current political information on the Americas. It contains constitutions, electoral laws, calendars, and statistics as well as links to embassy sites and up-to-date lists of cabinet members.

UT-LANIC system is akin to an online central clearinghouse providing connection to internet resources, both free and commercial, which pertain to Latin America. It is managed by the UT Institute of Latin American Studies and is available to all Internet users.

Library Catalog is a web-based version of the library catalog of the University of Texas at Austin. It includes full-bibliographic descriptions of the print and non-print holdings of the Benson Latin American Collection.


Databases with Latin American Content

The following databases, though not primarily about Latin America, contain many useful citations or articles. These resources are available to anyone using them from within one of the UT campus libraries; unless otherwise noted, they are also accessible from off-campus but require a valid UT ID (or UT computer account).


Business Databases

ABI/Inform, 1985 - present. A full-text business database containing many up-to-date articles relating to business in Latin America.

Annual Reports (World), 1987 - present. Updated monthly. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Contains financial information on more than 12,000 companies worldwide, including many in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Business and Company Profile ASAP, 1982 - present. Updated daily. Index of articles from 1000 periodicals relating to business, management, and trade news. Full-text articles (some with graphics) from 460 periodicals. Incorporates Company Directory data on 180,000+ private and public U.S. companies, with links to related periodical articles. Indexing and text coverage vary from Business Periodicals Index (see below).

Business Periodical Index, 1988 - present. Updated monthly. Index of articles from more than 1000 periodicals relating to business, management, and trade news. Full-text articles (without graphics), 1991-present, from 200 periodicals (also indexed in Academic Periodical Index).

EconLit, January 1969 - present. Subject indexing and abstracts of over 400 journals, over 500 collective volumes per year, plus books, dissertations, and working papers. Contains a great deal of information about Latin America.

Investext, 1994 - present Updated daily. Use to locate information on industries and public corporations. Contains reports and forecasts (by region and/or product/market) prepared by top Wall Street and international brokerage firms. More than 11,000 U.S. and international companies and 53 industries are covered.

It-Is (International Trade Information System) uses United Nations Trade Statistics (data from 1988-1995) to provide fast, timely import/export information. Data is available for 42 of the world’s largest trading nations. Their trade with all other nations can be assessed for more than 1200 SITC product categories at varying levels of specificity.

I-TRADE (International Trade Resource and Data Exchange). Dates of coverage vary (Trade Point USA) Updated daily. Contains trade information and marketing services from the public and private sector. Major services include:

• Economist Intelligence Unit TradeWire is a country-specific information service providing the latest trade briefings, economic indicators and forecasts, country risk information and other related trade data;

• Price Waterhouse Doing Business Guides contains over 60 country guides covering areas such as trade and investment climate, accounting and auditing requirements, and tax system analysis. Information tends to be a few years old. (e.g., Information for Mexico is from 1995.)

• Moody’s International Company Data, 1990 present. Updated monthly. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Detailed "as-reported" financials on over 13,000 non-US based companies in 100 countries. Analyzes financial statements in local currencies, US dollars, or any other currency. Conducts cross-border comparisons by reviewing financials in a company’s local chart of accounts or converting to a standardized format. Tracks company performance, charts trends, and conducts peer group analysis.

Worldscope Global, 1987- present. Updated monthly. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Contains financial information on over 12,000 companies, including companies in: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela.


Art, Architecture, History, Humanities, Literature, Music
and Film Databases

America: History and Life, 1982 - present. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations.

Art Abstracts, 1984 present. Indexes more than 200 key international arts publications.

Avery Index, 1977 - present. A database about architecture and related disciplines, citing articles from over 1,000 periodicals. Useful, for example, for finding articles about church architecture in Mexico.

Contemporary Authors. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Biographies and bibliographies of over 100,000 world renowned contemporary authors. The database is searchable by author’s name, nationality (e.g., 103 Mexican authors, 20 Colombian authors, 96 Argentinian authors, 60 Brazilian authors), religion, political affiliation, or by book title.

Film Index International, 1930 - present. An index of international films including many from Latin America (e.g., 957 Mexican films, 562 Argentinian films, 1107 Brazilian films). Keyword searchable by title, director, synopsis, date, and country.

FRANCIS, 1984 - present. Updated monthly. Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities (63%), social sciences (33%), and economics (4%). FRANCIS is strong in religion, the history of art, and literature with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature.

Historical Abstracts, 1982 - present. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. The title is a bit misleading since fairly recent events (e.g., invasion of Panama, Grenada) are within the scope of this database.

Humanities Abstracts, February 1984 - present. Updated monthly. Indexes more than 300 key humanities publications, including articles, book reviews, play reviews, ballets, dance, interviews, musicals, and television and radio programs. Citations to materials dealing with topics such as religion, modernity, militarism, literature and theatre.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography, 1963 - present. A periodical index to literary reviews, criticism, biography and theory.

Music Index, 1979 - 1996. Available only in UT libraries on UT Library Online Stations. Contains records describing articles in over 400 international periodicals in the field of music and related disciplines. Includes book reviews, recording and performance reviews, and obituaries.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, 1969 - present. Updated quarterly. About 200,000 citations on international music corresponding to the printed RILM. Abstracts of Music Literature. All formats of scholarly works are included -- articles, books, bibliographies, catalogs, dissertations, films and videos, conference proceedings and more.


Social Science, Anthropology, Demography,
Education, Psychology and Religion Databases

Anthropological Literature, 1984 - present.
Updated quarterly. Contains citations to articles and essays in anthropology and archeology published in English and other European languages.

ATLA Religion Index, 1949 - present. Comprehensive index to religious, theological and related scholarship covering all major world religions in over 1,380 journal titles internationally, as well as 13,000 multi-authored books and reviews. Updated semi-annually, there are a total of over 847,000 citations.

Census Lookup (1990 U.S.A.). Includes demographic information about Hispanics in the U.S.

Contemporary Women’s Issues, 1992 - present. International coverage referencing articles, book chapters, speeches, etc., addressing issues such as gender equity, violence and exploitation, the workplace, health care, lesbian concerns, education, human rights, and many other topics.

ERIC, 1966 - present. Updated monthly. Contains over 700,000 citations covering research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

Population Index On the Web, 1986 - present. Covers all fields of interest to demographers, including fertility, mortality, population size and growth, migration, marriage and the family, research methodology, projections and predictions, historical demography, and demographic and economic interrelations. Cited publications include monographs, journal articles, other serial publications, working papers, doctoral dissertations, machine-readable data files, and relevant acquisitions lists and bibliographies.

PsycINFO, 1967 - present. Indexes and abstracts books and book chapters in English, and 1300+ journals in over 20 languages. Example of use: find articles about war experiences and psychology among Central American children.

Social Sciences Abstracts, February, 1983 - present. Updated monthly. Indexes more than 350 key international, English-language periodicals in the social sciences.

Sociological Abstracts, 1963 - present. Updated six times per year. More than 300,000 records covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences.


Biology, Ecology and Health Databases

BIOSIS Biological Abstracts, Biological Abstracts; Biological Abstracts/RRM. 1992 - present. Updated quarterly. References the life science journal literature. Coverage is international, and includes agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, botany, ecology, microbiology, pharmacology, and zoology. Approximately 75% of the records include abstracts. Biological Abstracts indexes research articles and Biological Abstracts RRM indexes reviews, reports and meetings.

BIOSIS Previews, 1969 - present. Contains bibliographic references to the international life science journal literature (e.g., agriculture, botany, ecology, environment and health, microbiology, pollution, zoology, etc.).

HealthSTAR, 1975 - present. Updated monthly. Covers a myriad of information types providing citations to materials on health services, administration, technology and research. Database is divided into 4 chronological sections which must be searched separately.

Pollution Abstracts, 1970 - present. A periodical index of journal articles and conference proceedings pertaining to pollution studies with much information on Latin America.

Water Resource Abstracts, 1996 - present. Updated monthly. Provide bibliographic information and abstracts from the international scientific literature, including journals, technical reports, conference proceedings, books and monographs. Topics include properties of water, the water cycle, water supply and conservation, water quantity and quality, water resources planning, and technical information including reviews.


Combined Bibliographic Databases, Archives,
and Article "Alert Services"

ArchivesUSA, dates of coverage vary. Updated periodically. An electronic database of primary archival literature integrating three major information resources: DAMRUS (Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the United States), NUCMC (National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collections) and NIDS (National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States). The NUCMC and NIDS information has been combined to provide a single record for each collection, with detailed information drawn from both resources when available.

OCLC WorldCat. Updated daily. Union catalog of materials held by OCLC libraries. 30,000,000+ citations to audio-visual materials, books, maps, musical scores, newspapers, periodicals and more.

OCLC WorldCat Union Lists of Periodicals. Includes more than 7.4 million listings linked to over 750,000 bibliographic records in OCLC WorldCat. The listings provide local holdings information so that users can search for locations of periodicals in their own and other libraries.

RLIN Bibliographic File. Updated daily. Research Libraries Network’s (RLIN) Union Catalog. 30,000,000+ items worldwide in all languages, including books, serials, archives, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, photographs, posters, and computer files.

SwetScan, 1994 - present. Updated weekly. A current awareness service, this database contains the table of contents for 14,000 journals in all subject areas. It is organized into three types of searchable records: tables of contents (searchable by journal title, subject, ISSN, volume and year), individual articles (searchable by title of the articles, keywords in the title and author) and journal list (searchable by journal title and subject).

CARL UnCover, Fall 1988 - present. Citations to articles and tables of contents for 17,000 multidisciplinary journals. Ordering information provided. UnCover Reveal is an e-mail alert service designed to keep researchers up-to-date on the latest articles and books published in their areas of interest. There is no cost for the UnCover Reveal service for anyone with an e-mail address ending in ""


Miscellaneous — Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Dissertations,
Sports and Multidisciplinary Databases

Encyclopedia Americana Online, Current edition. Updated periodically. A fully searchable and browsable collection of authoritative references taken from the Encyclopedia Americana database, a 25,000,000-word repository of text and images maintained by the encyclopedia’s editorial staff.

Britannica Online, Current edition. Updated daily. A fully searchable and browsable collection of authoritative references, including Britannica’s latest article database, hundreds of articles not yet in the print Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.), the Britannica Book of the Year, and more.

Dissertations Abstracts, 1861 - present. Citations to over 1.5 million dissertations published in Europe or North America.

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe, Dates of coverage vary. Updated continually. Provides both full-text and abstracts for a wide range of general-interest wire services, newspapers and magazines from around the world. Also provides access to company profiles and financial reports, government transcripts, trade journals and academic and legal databases. LEXIS-NEXIS (via Telnet) offers more powerful search possibilities than the Academic Universe web version.

Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) International, 1972 - present. Particularly useful for information on U.S. Hispanics and political issues such as hazardous waste siting, or immigration.

SPORTDiscus, 1949 - present. Updated monthly. Provides citations, many with abstracts, of periodical and monographic literature in the areas of sport, recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training, and conditioning. Coverage is international.

World Almanac, Current file. The World Almanac, first published in 1868, is a fundamental reference source for everyone. This fulltext database includes information from four almanacs: the World Almanac and Book of Facts 1997, the World Almanac of the U.S.A., the World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and the World Almanac for Kids and is updated annually.

World News Connection, July 1994 - present (NTIS). Updated daily. Full text translations of foreign newspaper articles, speeches, TV and radio broadcasts. Information is available 48-72 hours after original publication or broadcast. Does not include U.S. or Canadian news or sources. Continues in part Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). Note: Return to the World News Connection main menu to exit.


CD-ROM Jukebox Databases

The databases residing on this jukebox are only available on campus at this single location in the Benson Latin American Collection. Material from databases available through the CD-ROM Jukebox workstation may be printed or downloaded to disk (IBM formatted).

Argena II. A keyword searchable finding guide to the holdings of the National Archives of Mexico (Archivo General de la Nación) covering the period from 1790 to 1995.

ARTEMISA -- Artículos Científicos Editados en México Sobre Información en Salud. A periodical index of health-related publications from Mexico.

CD-Fiscal. A database containing the fulltext of important Mexican government documents including the Constitution, Civil Code, Commercial Code, as well as laws and regulations governing a wide variety of areas including: social security, employment, and taxation. This product reflects Mexican laws and statutes as they were in 1992, when this database was created.

CD-Press. This database contains the fulltext of articles (keyword searchable) taken from a wide variety of Mexican newspapers. Coverage begins in the second half of 1991 and encompasses all of 1992 and 1993.

Dialex2. Index to Mexican Diario Oficial from 1917 to 1993. This database is useful for discovering citations to Mexican legislation of a particular era, or pertaining to a particular topic using a keyword search approach.

Libros Argentinos. A searchable guide to current book titles being published in Argentina.

Revista investigación economica (1941-1993) Fulltext digitized images of all articles from this journal published by the Escuela Nacional de Economía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). Keyword searchable by article title, author, date or subject heading. The fulltext articles themselves are digitized images and thus, not keyword searchable.

UNIBIBLI - Catálogo de Universidades Estaduais Paulistas/Brasil - A catalog of books, theses, and periodical holdings of the library system of the Universidades Estaduais Paulistas/Brasil: Universidade de São Paulo — USP, Universidade Estadual de Campinas — UNICAMP, Universidade Estadual Paulista — UNESP.


Other Computer Resources on Campus

Both the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) and the Undergraduate Library (UGL) have a wide array of computer resources, both databases and computer applications (e.g., word-processors, spreadsheets, etc.). The Electronic Information Center (EIC - 495-4291) of the PCL, and the Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF - 475-9336) in UGL, provide online and CD-ROM access to databases in many subject areas including business, finance, literature, language, public affairs and current events, as well as Internet resources. These facilities also provide computers for word-processing, spreadsheet work, e-mail, printing, and many other services. A photo I.D. from UT is required to use these computer labs.


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