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Pre-Columbian Art   Tags: aztec, inca, indigenous, latin, maya, native american, olmec  

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Pre-Columbian Art Research in the UCLA Library

Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for research on Pre-Columbian Art. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools for finding books, scholarly articles, reviews, and other topical and collection-related information. Please use the informational tabs to find resources in different information categories. If you have any questions or suggestions for additions to the guide, please contact Robert Gore.

Essential Databases

  • Bibliografia Mesoamericana
    Searchable bibliography for Mesoamerican studies, across a range of disciplines. Provides access to the scholarly literature on ancient Mesoamerica from 1960 to date.
  • Art Full Text  Icon
    Selected full-text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications from 1984 to the present. Includes coverage of Latin American and other non-Western art. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
  • HAPI Online  Icon
    Ciations for articles about Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean basin, United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States appearing in more than 500 key social science and humanities journals published from 1970 to the present.
  • FASMI Research Materials
    List of specialized databases and digital collections produced by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI). Includes 3D imaging database, catalogues of vessels and vases, Maya who's who, drawings and photograph collections, and translation dictionaries.


There are a number of library catalogs available to UCLA researchers


General Reference

Research assistance at the UCLA Arts Library is available in person on weekdays. Assistance in the social sciences and humanities is also available at the Charles E. Young Research Library. See Reference and Research Help for complete reference service options.


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