Journal articles and other periodical publications will provide scholarly information for you on specific aspects of Latin American history. Articles are peer-reviewed prior to publication, so that authors can improve their arguments. Also since articles are generally published on a shorter schedule than books, they can be more-up-to-date. The following indexes are the best ways for you to identify journal articles related to your research.
Use the buttons in the indexes to locate articles available in your home library. For those not owned locally, take the ILL (interlibrary loan article delivery) option to have a digital copy emailed to you.
These indexes are particularly good for accessing the scholarly literature of specific disciplines, i.e., articles written by historians, Asian studies scholars, and other researchers.
General Indexes Covering All Subject Areas
Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.
Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available.
This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic. By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.
See this tutorial for more information on cited reference searching.