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Finding reference materials

The Reference Collection| on the first floor of the Library contains printed dictionaries, directories and encyclopedias.

Here are some key titles:

Title Classmark

The Cambridge encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean

F1406 C19

Latin America : a political dictionary

F1406 L35

Encyclopedia of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean cultures

F1406 E51

We also have a growing collection of online dictionaries and encyclopedias that you can use off-campus. Consult our Reference Collection |guide for a more detailed list.

Biographical Information

Try the World's Who's Who| to find biographical information on world leaders.

Country Information

Use these to get quick overviews of the history of specific nations and basic data.

CIA World fact Book |
Country profiles updated annual by the US government.

Library of Congress Country Studies|
Basic descriptions of the history, politics and economy of nations worldwide.

Economist Intelligence Unit Country Reports|
A searchable database of regular reports on the economic and political situation of individual nations worldwide. LSE staff and students should log in with their network username and password.