January 13, 1997 Library of Congress Announces Availability of Handbook of Latin American Studies (1935-1998) on World Wide Web

Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress is now offering its Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) on the World Wide Web. Called HLAS Online, it is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/. It may also be accessed through a link on the home page of the Hispanic Division Reading Room (http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/).

HLAS Online is a searchable database containing approximately 300,000 bibliographic citations, annotations and bibliographic essays from Volume 1 (1935) to Volume 58 (1998) of the Handbook of Latin American Studies. The Handbook, a multidisciplinary bibliography on Latin America, consists of works selected and annotated by respected scholars from around the world. Edited by the staff of the Hispanic Division and published by the University of Texas Press, the print version of the Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities, examining works published in anthropology, economics, geography, government and politics, international relations, sociology, art, history, literature, music and philosophy. In addition, the Handbook surveys newly emerging topics such as ethnoarchaeology, regional economic integration and environmental destruction. It also provides reviews of the growing number of electronic resources available for the study of Latin America.

Offering both basic and expert-level searching, HLAS Online allows researchers to locate citations using keywords or phrases in any or all of the following fields: author, title, subject and annotation. Researchers are also provided with a means of searching by discipline, country and time period. First-time researchers will find an extensive help section that explains each component of the search pages and describes searching methods. The practical searching tips offered throughout the help section will benefit more advanced searchers. HLAS Online also provides a Subject Term Glossary and a Journal Abbreviation list to help researchers locate works within their particular area of interest. While currently available in English, it is expected that complete Spanish and Portuguese interfaces to HLAS Online will be available later this year.

The project has been generously supported by the family of Lewis U. Hanke (the Handbook's late founder), Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies and the Institute for Civil Society. The electronic conversion of Volumes 1 through 49 was made possible by the Fundacin Histrica Tavera with additional financial assistance from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Many contributors and friends of the Handbook, including researchers and information specialists, also helped develop this Internet version.

The Handbook continues to be available in other formats as well. A CD-ROM containing Handbook Volumes 1 to 53 (1935-1994) is available for $150. This one-disk title contains approximately 250,000 records -- corresponding to all annotated bibliographic entries and scholars' introductory essays in the print editions of the Handbook The CD-ROM and the print versions of the Handbook (through Volume 54) may be purchased from the University of Texas Press, P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819.

Questions or comments regarding HLAS Online may be directed to Tracy North at (202) 707-2013.


PR 97-006
ISSN 0731-3527