HAPI is your source for authoritative, worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. From analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews (through 2001), documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world. For a listing of journal coverage, as well as the criteria for journal inclusion, see Journals Indexed.
HAPI Online combines current information about Latin America with in-depth coverage spanning more than thirty years, from 1970 to the present. Now containing approximately 300,000 citations, HAPI Online grows at the rate of about 7,000 records a year. HAPI is committed to keeping the database as current as possible, by regularly adding batches of records throughout the year.
Journal articles are indexed based on HAPI’s in-house, regularly updated Thesaurus. While subject searches must be conducted using English-language terms, the authorized subject headings have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese as well. To learn more about how the Thesaurus works, visit the Thesaurus Help page.
Whenever possible HAPI provides links to the full text of the article. We recognize that improving the quality and quantity of full text provision an important issue to our users. HAPI currently provides full text through a number of different strategies and is aggressively seeking additional ways to ensure that our users’ needs and expectations are met. Please contact the HAPI office to learn more about enabling OpenURL linking at your institution.
HAPI also offers the option of purchasing the full text of selected articles through the document delivery service. The purchaser can elect to receive the articles by mail or by fax, typically within two business days of receipt of the request.
Founded by Barbara Valk in 1974, while at the Arizona State University, HAPI began as an annual printed index of citations to academic journal articles with Latin American content. HAPI moved to UCLA in 1976, where it became part of the Latin American Center and UCLA’s International Institute.
From a very early stage, HAPI realized the potential benefits of the Internet and went online in 1992 via Bitnet, and opened the website to the public in 1997, while continuing to produce our annual print edition.
Director and Editor
Ruby Meraz Gutierrez
For contact information, visit our Contact Us page.
HAPI relies on a talented cadre of volunteer indexers consisting of Latin Americanist librarians and professors who generously volunteer their time and expertise to the project to complete the majority of the indexing.
Current Panel of Indexers
To learn about becoming a volunteer indexer, please email the HAPI office.