Libraries and Databases

Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University is an excellent resource for individuals interested in conducting research on Latin America or Latinos. With 1.7 million volumes and over 30,000 journal subscriptions, ZSR Library has a vast amount of resources available to students and faculty. Librarian Rosalind Tedford has created an online research guide to help students with the initial stages of their research.

For more information on the library, visit the website of ZSR Library. To view Ms. Tedford’s guide, please visit the Latin American Studies Research Guide section of the library’s website . For assistance with research or for more information about the library, contact Ms. Tedford via phone at (336) 758-5910 or via e-mail at

Hispanic Reading Room and Handbook of Latin American Studies, Library of Congress

Through the generosity of countless donors, the Library of Congress has amassed the world’s finest collection on the history and culture of Latin America, Iberia, and the Caribbean. The Library of Congress also edits and publishes the Handbook of Latin American Studies, a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by some of the field’s most recognized scholars. The multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

For more information on the Hispanic Reading Room, visit the website of the Library of Congress. For more information on the Handbook, visit the HLAS Online Catalog.

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

HAPI contains bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, and literary works in social science and humanities journals throughout the world published in both English and Spanish and pertaining to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States.

Wake Forest students have full access to the HAPI Online Database and may access it when on campus and connected to the university’s wireless network, by running a Virtual Private Network on their university-issued laptop, or by logging on with their Wake Forest assigned username when prompted.

Political Database of the Americas

The Political Database of the Americas (PDBA) is a non-governmental project of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University in collaboration with institutions like the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organization of American StatesFLACSO-Chile, and other organizations and entities in the region. Through its website, the PDBA offers centralized and systematized information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies and other subjects related to the strengthening of democracy in the region. With more than 1,500 pages of information, the PDBA is one of the most preferred sources of political information on the Internet reaching more than 600,000 users per month. The information is presented in an objective and independent manner and offered free of charge, facilitating political analysis and debates from a comparative perspective.

For more information on the database, visit the PDBA website.

Latin American Network Information Center

The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. Its mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. While many of its resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, LANIC has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region.

For more information on the network, visit the website of LANIC website.

Other University Research Guides and Library Collections

Several other universities have assembled research guides similar to the one composed by Wake Forest librarian, Ms. Rosalind Tedford. They may be useful in assisting students with the initial stages of their Latin American research: 

Duke University

 Rutgers University

Tulane University

University of Florida

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Minnesota

University of Texas at Austin

Vanderbilt University

 Yale University