First-hand testimonies from sources who witnessed or experienced an event firsthand.
Secondary or Scholarly Sources
These are the peer reviewed articles and scholarly books that historians write after they have worked with the primary sources and consulted other secondary articles or books.
Pro tip: as you find primary and secondary sources, see what language they use, and add new terms to your list to help you refine additional searches!
Before you start searching for resources:
Pause to think about what exactly you are searching for. Write down key words, phrases, names and dates that might relate to you topic. When doing historical research, think about historical language as well as modern.
Starting points for searching for Latin American history resources:
By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: caribbean banana history
By Title - Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "medicine and politics in colonial peru".
By Author - Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "rodríguez-silva ileana"
Have questions about the research process? Don't struggle, reach out to a librarian for help! Students interested in research support can book a meeting with a librarian to:
To make an appointment, reach out to a subject librarian specializing in your topic.