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Portugal: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

Hispanic Reading Room

Staff in the Hispanic Reading Room help researchers find materials on and from the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and persons with Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas—including U.S. Latinos.  We provide materials held in the General Collections for anyone with a Reader Identification Card and we assist in finding resources in other divisions of the Library.

Librarians can help! Contact us via Ask a Librarian, e-mail or call 202-707-5397.

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The Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) is a selective bibliography annotated by professors of anthropology (archeology and ethnology), art, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, political economy, and sociology; and edited by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress. It simplifies scholarly research on Latin America by identifying scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.).

The PALABRA Archive is a collection of audio recordings from Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx poets and prose writers reading from their works. It includes major 20th century writers like: Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Zee Edgell, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Amado, and Nélida Piñón; as well as contemporary writers like José Luiz Passos, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and Julia Alvarez.

La Biblioteca is series of podcasts from the Hispanic Reading Room exploring of the collections of the Library of Congress that focus on the cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Listen to a sample podcast below.

The Hispanic Reading Room sponsors a wide range of public programs, research orientations, and literary events throughout the year.

Hispanic Studies Research Guides

A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States

This research guide from the Hispanic Reading Room focuses on 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation, and events that had important impacts on civil rights in Chicana/o/x, Hispanic, Latina/o/x, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican communities.

Chile: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for the study of Chile, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Mexico: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Mexico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Puerto Rico's Plantation Economy: Snapshots from the Library of Congress

This research guide provides access to historic photographic and film documentation, as well as related print and electronic resources, illustrating the 20th century efforts to transform Puerto Rico from a plantation to an industrial economy.

Brazil: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for the study of Brazil, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

El Salvador: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching El Salvador, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Yo Soy (I am): The Historical Trajectory of Language in Puerto Rico

This guide provides access to an array of resources on language and identity in Puerto Rico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books, periodicals, and online databases.

Argentina: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Argentina, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Paraguay: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Paraguay, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Bolivia: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Bolivia, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Peru: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Perú, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Latinx Studies: Library of Congress Resources

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching LatinX Studies, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and research strategies.

Suriname: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Suriname, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Haiti: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Haiti, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS): A Resource Guide

Since 1936, HLAS has made scholarly research on Latin America more easily accessible by working with researchers to identify and describe books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources