September 26, 2017 Handbook of Latin American Studies Launches Updated Web Interface

New Design Is Mobile-Friendly, Enables Saved Searches and Other Features

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Website: Handbook of Latin American Studies

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division recently unveiled a redesigned website for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) that enhances user experience with handheld devices, visually appealing graphics and responsive features. HLAS, accessible at, is an annotated bibliography of selected books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources dealing with Latin America.

Drawing inspiration from Spanish and Portuguese Renaissance architecture, the new layout and graphics reflect the design of the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room. HLAS has implemented responsive web design, which provides easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing and scrolling from desktop computers to mobile phones and tablets. The website is ADA compliant, making HLAS accessible to all users.

The multidisciplinary Handbook is edited and compiled by the Library’s Hispanic Division. Disciplines covered include anthropology (archeology and ethnology), art, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, political economy and sociology. The Handbook’s 130 contributing editors – scholars based in the United States and abroad – review and provide annotations for over 2,000 works per year. Currently, the HLAS database includes annotated citations for works published from the 1970s to the present.

Among the website’s features:

  • Users may create, save and share all types of searches without starting over.
  • Users may also filter searches by type of publication; for example, to retrieve exclusively journal articles in search results.
  • New indexes are also available in the search system.
  • Users can share citations easily using permanent links via email, social media or in classroom presentations.
  • Users may continue to search across all available HLAS volumes using HLAS Online, a trilingual – English, Spanish and Portuguese – interface:

The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the center for the study of the cultures and societies of Hispanic/Latinos in the United States and Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula and other areas where Spanish or Portuguese influence have been significant. For more information about the Hispanic Reading Room and the Hispanic collections of the Library, visit

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PR 17-137
ISSN 0731-3527