Reference resources are a great place to begin your research. They can help you define terms as well as to find basic information about a topic, a chronicle of its history, theories, key people and sometimes a bibliography of additional sources.
There are many different types of reference sources, which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, bibliographies, handbooks, style manuals to name a few.
Cambridge History of Latin America (via Cambridge Histories Online)
Search title in Omni for list of volumes.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean
Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture
REF F1754 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
REF F1406 .E53 1996
Latin American Historical Dictionaries (for list, search title as a Series title)
Oxford History of Mexico
F1226 .O94 2000
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Oxford research encyclopedias:
Latin American history
Has in-depth peer-reviewed articles and broad coverage of the field of Latin American history.