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Government publications

Government publications includes reports, parliamentary proceedings and official statistics. For most Latin American nations the Library focuses its effort on the principal statistical series, censuses of population and on development plans but there is no active selection of policy documents. However, for other nations, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico coverage is more comprehensive. Statistics and policy documents are collected as available. 

Materials are arranged in a numerical sequence. The numbers occasionally have letters after them which indicate a particular region within a country. See the full list of country classmarks.

There are two sequences: one for government reports (located on the Lower Ground Floor) and one for statistical data. The latter has the suffix HA next to the country classmark. Most recent statistical publications are shelved on the First floor of the library. Older materials on the Lower Ground floor in the Historical Statistics section. Some of these statistics are also avaiable on microfilm.

US government documents are also a useful resource for the study of Latin America. The Library holds microfilms and online versions  of the National Security Archive and the Declassified Documents.  The US Federal government documents are held on microfilm and their reference numbers can be obtained from the US Monthly catalogue.  Documents are full text from 1994 on GPO Access.

There are a couple of databases relating to government in Latin America which may be useful.

  • Political Database of the Americas Aims to offer information on all aspects of the political systems of the individual nations within the Caribbean, Latin and South America. The data is detailed and includes descriptions of constitutions and electoral laws as well as information on the key political parties within each country with links to their home pages. Also offered are the results from recent elections and links to news stories
  • Americas Barometer Aims to measure democracy in Latin American nations using public opinion polls of voting-age adults. The website provides free access to country democratic audits from 2004 onwards.
  • Latin American Government Documents Archive (LAGDA) works to preserve the websites of ministerial and presidential departments/documents from 18 Latin American nations. You can browse items from approximately 2005 onwards.There is also a separate Castro Speech database (1959-1996) and a historic Presidential messages database (covering Argentina and Mexico)
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