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These databases are some of the more specialized databases that would be helpful for research in this area.  This list does not include any of the more general full-text databases that are widely available but also good for research on this topic so look for those locally.

With the exception of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, these are databases that are accessible to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress but they may also be available through local or university libraries.

Researching Cuba: Business, Economy, and U.S. Relations

October 2016

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Key Legislation / U.S. Government Actions
Internet Resources
Books / Articles
LC Subject Headings


Image (left): View of Havana, Cuba
Highsmith, Carol M. photographer
2010 [January]
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

The EIU has several web-based subscription products that would provide information on Cuba. First is the Country Report – Cuba and covers current and forecasts in the areas of Politics, Economy, Risk, and Business. It also includes topic specific analysis and major developments. EIU also provides country economic data/indicators as part of their EIU CountryData.

EMIS Intelligence (Internet Securities, Inc.)

This is a web-based subscription product with news and financial information for over 100 emerging market countries including Latin America. It includes primary news sources (full-text), financial data, and industry reports in English as well as native languages.


Factiva is a web-based subscription product from Dow Jones with news research and current-awareness tool. It includes licensed sources in 28 languages from nearly every country worldwide many of which are not available freely on the Internet.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HALS)

The HALS database includes citations for books, journal articles, conference papers, maps, and websites and contains bibliographic records from volumes 47-71 of the Handbook of Latin American Studies. This title in print goes back to 1936 so would be a useful resource for those looking at the relationship of the two countries over time.


This databases includes full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals dating back to the late 17th century. Sample titles include: Foreign Affairs, International Legal Materials, Military Affairs, American Journal of International Law, Latin American Perspectives, Caribbean Studies, Cuban Studies, Hispanic American Historical Review, World Affairs, International Journal of Cuban Studies, and many more. It is a good source for those looking for information and research relating to the history of U.S.-Cuban relations.

ProQuest Congressional

This subscription database includes digitized hearing documents, the Congressional Record, digitized committee reports and legislation, and some executive branch documents. It has been included because a lot of discussion related to the relationship between the two countries, discussion revolving around legislation, and other information has occurred in congressional hearings related to legislation, specific events, or more general topics.

PRS Group

The PRS Group has several different web-based subscription products. Their International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) which present the analysis and risk profile of a country with a focus on politics and the economy. PRS Group does have a blog that is free to access and it often provides very topical insight into countries and events. Their World Service includes Country Reports which include insight and analysis on developments and country conditions.

Sage Business Researcher

This web-based subscription product has reports on a number of topics including Doing Business in Cuba (April 11, 2016) by Christina Hoag. This report includes short articles, Expert Views, data, and other information that might be of interest for those studying or interested in doing business in Cuba.

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