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Latin American Government Information

The Berkeley Library supports large and comprehensive Latin American collections with special focus on official government documents. In addition as part of the Research Library Cooperative Program with Stanford & Univ. of Texas, Austin, Berkeley has special collection responsibilities for the following countries: Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the northern states of Mexico. Latest statistical yearbooks for Latin American countries are shelved in the Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor of Doe Library.

UTLANIC (UT Austin, Latin American Network Information Center)

Comprehensive site of Latin American resources by country, and by subject: media & communication, sustainable development, society & culture, education, recreation, regional resources, science, internet & computing, libraries & reference, and science.

Selected links:
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean -
Thorough view of each country
Economy in Latin America - Business, finance, trade, information by country & regional organization
Government in Latin America - Provides links to regional organizations and government information by country. Information Includes: constitutions, presidential messages, central bank reports, and other official documents
Human Rights - Regional, by country, and international resources
Immigration & Migration - Links to organizations, laws, history, and data
Statistics - Links to the major statistical bodies for each Latin American country

Political Information

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports and Profiles - UCB Only
These studies provide objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic, and business environment in more than 180 countries. Annual profiles are updated by quarterly reports. Coverage is from 1996 to present.

Elections Around the World - Information on elections, parliaments, political parties by country

Political Database of the America (Georgetown University) - A non-governmental Internet-based project that provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere; constitutions, executive/judicial/legislative institutions, election information and data

Selected Regional Organizations

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - UN regional commission since 1948 to build social & economic development. Large statistical section.

Inter-American Development Bank - Established in 1959 to focus on economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Site includes country reports, development and business projects.

Organization of American States - Key organization est. in 1889. Site includes: laws, bilateral agreements, treaties, and issues: human rights, democracy, security, terrorism, drugs, etc.

The World Bank Group - Latin America & the Caribbean - Data by country and by topic

Statistical Databases

Source OECD - UCB Only
SourceOECD provides online access to the many publications published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Publications include country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socioeconomic databases. Topics covered include agriculture, developing economies, education, employment, energy, environment, migration, social issues, and sustainable development.

Statistical information via Lexis-Nexis - UCB Only
Lexis Nexis Statistical includes all index and abstract records for Index to International Statistics (IIS) [1983 to present] and American Statistics Index (ASI) [1973 to present]. IIS indexes approximately 2000 titles from over 100 international intergovernmental organizations. ASI covers official US statistical publications. Materials indexed are available on microfiche in the Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor Doe Library.

World Development Indicators - UCB Only
Development indicator data (1960 to present) for 207 countries. Includes data on: education, population, Labor, employment, and more.

General Interest

NAFTA Resources

U.S. Dept of State - Country Information - Includes bios of current ambassadors, State Department Background Notes, Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, and links to the CIA World Factbook and the Library of Congress Country Studies.