Finding Background Information
Use these sources to gain familiarity with your topic, narrow your research question, provide context, and identify experts.
Note on search terminology
Latin America is generally considered to include the entire continent of South America along with Mexico, Central America and the islands of the Caribbean whose inhabitants speak Spanish, French, and Portuguese (i.e., Romance languages.)
When searching, using Latin America will find materials that discuss collectively several or all of the countries described above. To search for a specific nation(s), use the individual country names.
Choosing a Topic
Taking the time to carefully choose and refine your topic can save you significant time and effort later in your research.
Primary and Secondary Sources in History
Primary sources = Evidence
Secondary sources = Analysis and interpretation
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