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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad - Brazil: Library Research Abroad

A guide for students planning to study and already studying in Brazil

Take Us With You!

Take Us With You!

If you are studying abroad, you can still use your UIUC library privileges, especially for electronic resources. The library maintains a guide on how to use library resources for distance learners. The instructions should help you connect to our resources. If you have questions or concerns about access, feel free to ask a librarian!

Online Library Resources

Portal Periodicos

is the online portal of CAPES that exists to support access to international periodicals for universities and colleges in Brazil. The portal contains over 20,000 full-text journals that are accessed by over 300 universities and colleges in Brazil.


Guide to Law Online: Brazil

The Law Library of Congress offers a substantial legal research guide to Brazil online. The links are mostly organized by governmental branch (executive, judicial, legislative, etc.)


International Team Project - Brazil Research Checklist

Law resources for Brazil organized by subject. A very detailed guide!

Country Studies - Brazil

An additional resource from the Library of Congress. Detailed information about Brazil last updated in 2010.

Research Outline: Brazil

The LDS church offers this PDF with guidelines for doing genealogical research in Brazil. Though some of the contact details may be out of date, as the maps appear to be dated from the 1990s, the historical information about how to search religious community records are very detailed and useful.

Articles for LAC Studies

Many journals for Brazilian studies are online and available for students studying abroad in Brazil. To find them, use the guide Finding Articles for Latin American and Caribbean studies.

An excellent resource is Scielo: Scientific Electronic Library Online.

Libraries in Brazil

Some libraries may be available to you during your stay in Brazil. Be sure to check at your local branches for more information.

Here is some helpful information on libraries in Brazil:

Brazil's National Library - The Fundacao Biblioteca Nacional is one of the largest libraries in the world and is the largest library in Latin America, holding approximately 9 million items.

Brazil's National Library also maintains a digital collection of 18,000 scanned images: Brazil National Digital Library

Also worth a visit is Brazil's e-government service, located here.

Biblioteca Mario de Andrade is Sao Paulo's largest public library.

Professional Associations

Researching Brazil: Professional Associations - a list of professional & scholarly associations on Latin American/Caribbean Studies. From IU's Latin American Studies librarian.

Maps of Brazil

Maps of Brazil - The Perry-Castaneda Library at UT-Austin has a digitized map collection which includes maps of Brazil.