This guide will introduce you to some key library resources and websites useful for research on Central American politics and policy analysis. This is just a starting place, so don't limit yourself to the tools on this course guide!

Course number: 
PLS 332
Horan, Jennifer


Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, law, public administration / policy, and public and international affairs.

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Political Science Database

Covers the literature of political science and international relations, including such topics as comparative politics, political economy, international development, environmental policy, and hundreds of related topics. This database provides access to hundreds of leading political science and international relations journals, providing full-text of many core titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.

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Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS)

The Public Affairs Information Services database provides information on business, public and international affairs, public and social policies and international relations. PAIS includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.

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Scholarly journals in anthropology, art, art history, communication studies, criminology, ecology, economics, education, English, film studies, foreign languages and literatures, geography, geology, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, public and international affairs, religion, social work, sociology, statistics, theatre, and other humanities and social sciences. 

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eHRAF World Cultures

Provides a cross-cultural database of information on all aspects of cultural and social life, organized into cultures and ethnic groups.

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Using the Library Catalog

Search your country as a SUBJECT to view a hierarchical list of subheadings (e.g. Argentina -- Politics and government). If you click on that subject, you will see a list of books and library materials on that topic. 

A keyword search of your country with the word "videorecording" will retrieve a list of videos.

Starting Points

Background Notes

Country reports from the U.S. State Department

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World FactBook

Database of country profiles produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

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World Bank Data

provides reliable data about countries of the world.  You can search by country, topic, or indicator.

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Includes individual country profiles.
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center

Internet portal for Latin American Studies content.

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Handbook of Latin American Studies

Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the Handbook is a bibliography on Latin American consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars.

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Latin American Public Opinion Project

In 2010, 26 countries were surveyed, involving over 43,000 interviews. These surveys have given rise to scores of studies and publications on various aspects of democratic values and behaviors in the Americas. The project has regularly published in-depth analyses of the data collected in Spanish-language monographs in countries throughout Latin America and in English and French in the Caribbean.

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