Latin American Council of Social Sciences

Latin American Council of Social Sciences
Full-text social science publications in Spanish and Portuguese

This large portal provides open access to several information service databases of social science publications in Spanish and Portuguese, whose library currently hosts more than 10,600 full-text documents (books, magazines, thesis, working papers, etc.) related to social sciences in about 20 countries of Latin America and the Carribean. Other databases provide access to full-text of 84 magazines in the CLACSO network (including more than 8,000 articles of the CLACSO-Redalyc portal) as well as to bibliographic data and research projects authored by network members, covering 259 social science research institutions. Also available is a rich collection of links pointing to more than 170 sites providing open access to over 4,500 multimedia files. Users have multiple options to search particularly in the library (by author, title, region and more) but only in Spanish, with a few dozens of full-texts available also in English and further links to resources already published in the SciELO Social Sciences English Edition. The entire library content is released under a Creative Commons license, while the portal’s basic info is also translated in French and English. Generally up-to-date, the website includes also news items covering digital library issues and member activities, with most pages featuring a printer-friendly format and e-mail options. The overall design is somewhat static and clumsy, offering too much text-based information and lacking a necessary dynamism. No RSS feed available.

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One Response to “Latin American Council of Social Sciences”

  1. Marlene Perez Says:


    I would like to suggest that broaden access to its journals through an interface (or link?) with distance-teaching CLASSROOM resources software similar to ELLUMINATE (crucially different from other such software in that it allows for intense interaction between the teacher and each member in the class, such as by splitting the class into discussion groups, stepping into individual discussion groups, responding to raised hands, etc. This software, or an equivalent, also allows for group viewing of attachments, helpful for discussing articles and research findings at graduate levels. I hope this becomes possible, as it would add to the great achievements of Scielo. Congrats!

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