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Latin American Public Opinion Project, LAPOP (Vanderbilt University)

September 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) is a great way to find information and data about, well, public opinion in Latin America. Today a new report on gender and politics in Guatemala (linked on the right side of the page) was published via its Insight series. If you are interested in current public opinion in Latin America, I recommend subscribing to this series, just follow the instructions on this page.

LAPOP has both a free and a subscriber section, and we do subscribe to it. Click on “Subscribers,” then “Subscriber Login.” If you are off-campus, you should be prompted to enter your username and password. This takes you to data sets that you can download, analyze, and manipulate right here in the library (scroll down to see available statistical software.)

I hope your semester is starting out well, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or issues that come up,

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World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia

February 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Via the EBSCO Ebooks I wrote about earlier, we now have access to World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia. Besides covering an enormous range of writers and themes from Latin America and Spain, it also has entries on literature from Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines. Most of the entries are quite brief and include a tiny bibliography, but I think its breadth more than makes up for the brevity. Also check out the appendices, in which entries are listed chronologically and geography, a glossary of literary terms, as well as recent bibliography in English and a listing of free electronic resources.

Rather than going straight into the “book,” I found using the menus on the database entry page to be the easiest starting point (i.e. find the link for the letter H first, rather than starting in G and clicking to go forward.) Once you’re “in” the book, searching and other options (highlighting, e-mailing/printing, etc.) are on the right side of the screen. I think this encyclopedia is especially ideal for undergraduates, but if anyone is need of some quick and basic information on a writer or literary movement, this is a great place to start. I have also linked it in the “Reference” section of my Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Linguistics guide.

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Nuevos Cronistas de Indias

October 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I read an article in El País the other day that reported on a meeting held in Mexico City by the Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo to promote the literary form la crónica. (Article is here.) You can learn more about the sessions and other topics at the Nuevos Cronistas de Indias website. The link is to a list of cronistas that the FNPI has featured is here. (From the homepage, it is under the link also titled “Nuevos Cronicas de Indias,” but the one in all capital letters.) The sessions are under “Cobertura 2012,” and there are some excellent example of the crónica under “Biblioteca,” as well as a transcript of a discussion about the future of journalism in Latin America.

Of course, good writers come from all kinds of professions, but this is a great starting point to find the most recent and best writing from Latin America.

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September 7, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Anna Simon, who is the art librarian here at Georgetown, recently reminded me that ARTstor has many resources for Latin American and Iberian art. At the time of this writing, there are over 31,000 images from Spain, Mexico has almost 38,000, and Cuba has nearly 2800, and the collection for all countries is always growing. The URL for the Georgetown community is linked at the end of this post.

While ARTstor is set up great for browsing, I recommend the advanced search, which is in really bright letters on the upper left of the homepage. This way you can search more than one place or classification at the same time, specific dates, as well as specific artists (change “in any field” to “in Creator only”.) So far I have found quite a bit of contemporary art from Central America and the Caribbean, plans and photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s design of Brasília, nearly 400 beautiful medieval and early modern Spanish manuscripts, and 150 works by Frida Kahlo. Remember to double-click on the image to see the larger version of it (I forgot at first and was a bit confused for a minute.)

Note that if you create an account within ARTstor (upper right), you’ll be able to save images, extract metadata for bibliographies, and many other useful options, including a presentation tool. These are under the links in bold towards the top of the homepage.

Also, please take note of ARTstor’s terms and conditions, available at the bottom of each page and expanded image, as well as here. These options are very important to keep in mind if you plan on using these images outside of ARTstor.

Please feel free to get in touch with me and/or Anna if you have further questions. Members of the Georgetown community can access ARTstor here.

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Free e-books from Venezuela

August 30, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Last night via Facebook, of all places, I learned that the Venezuelan government has placed over 200 titles from the Biblioteca Ayacucho for free online. The collection includes literary classics (Borges, Doña Bárbara, Comentarios reales, etc.), social and political science titles, biographies, among other genres. The homepage is here, and I found it easiest to navigate by clicking on “Colecciones” and browsing through the titles that way. The search works very well as well. Most seem to be in pdf format and download quite quickly.

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Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection (UC San Diego)

August 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Today my friend and my counterpart at UC-San Diego Libraries, Tony Harvell, announced that he and his colleagues have completed worked on a new digitized collection, the Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection. (The site notes that it works best in the Mozilla Firefox browser.) The collection includes pamphlets, leaflets, posters, and should be an excellet resource for the study of elections. It seems to cover about the mid-1980s until 2006 or so, and I am certain it will continue to grow. If you have questions about the digital collection, or are interested in usage and copyright issues, there is an FAQ here.

Please also see my post on a related UCSD collection, about the 2012 Mexican Presidental election, here.

Happy start of the semester, and best of luck to everyone!

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Featured resource: “Correlates of War” (UIUC)

July 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Thanks to a great feature on my research guides, I can see what are the most popular resources. (No worries about privacy; the statistics are completely anonymous. All I can see are numbers.) I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the less popular resources that you may still find to be useful. Today’s entry is Correlates of War, which is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It has many data sets that all kinds of researchers may find useful, and it is free. It is more like a clearinghouse of other data sets, although the site’s owner, Prof. Paul Diehl, does provide some of his own. Access the data sets by clicking on the “Available Data Sets” link on the left.

Obviously, most of the data sets deal with treaties, militarized disputes, alliances, etc. But those interested in strictly diplomacy and trade issues will find it useful as well; see the last two links on the data sets page. Make sure you use the site’s Country Codes (first link under “Available Data Sets”) before jumping into a specific topic, so you know which country is which.

Feel free to get in touch about this resource, or any others. If you need some general background on statistics, this page of one of my research guides will help you. Also, the Department of Math & Statistics offers a Consulting Clinic when you need to get down to the nitty-gritty. More information on that is here.

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Montevideo-Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (MOxLAD)

May 21, 2012 · Leave a Comment

MOxLAD is a free online database that contains a wealth of 20th-century historical economic data. The search itself is very intuitive and presented very clearly, and results are available as a .csv file. It also well-documented; click on “Sources” in the very last line of your results to see where the data came from, and there is an entire list of references as well. Because these data are based on historical evidence and other sources, sometimes years are missing, as in the case of the manufacturing EAP for Cuba. Nonetheless, as research continues, we can hope that this database will only improve on what is already a great resource.

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América Economía

May 1, 2012 · Leave a Comment

América Economía es una revista impresa que también tiene una versión en línea aquí. Si te interesan noticias económicas muy actualizadas, crea una cuenta para recibirlas por e-mail.

La revista tiene un archivo en línea, pero comienza muy recientemente, en 2010. Para buscar números anteriores, usa la base de datos Factiva, que la biblioteca de Georgetown provee aquí. No es una base de datos muy amable, pero escoge América Economía en Sources/Fuentes para restringir la búsqueda. También nota que puedes cambiar la lengua bajo “Settings/Tools.”

Ponte en contacto conmigo si tienes preguntas y/o problemas de acceso. ¡Y suerte para los exámenes!

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April 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I have just learned about this source from my colleague Bill Olsen. It is a kind of clearinghouse for various kinds of data and reports about international development programs, including quite a few that either took place in or were started by various Latin American countries. It is here.

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