Pathways to the Spanish- and French-speaking worlds! 

The most comprehensive site linking you quickly to any aspect of the Spanish-speaking world:

To start general research on a particular country, the CIA World Factbook can be useful.   You will find the most recently updated statistics and maps for any country in the world. 

For a general history of Spanish language and literature:

For exploring the Latino American experience, the PBS series The Latino Americanos

For exploring African heritage in Latin America with Dr. Henry Louis Gates (includes many extra resources and activities):

For exploring Latin Music in the USA:

To plan  and organize your research for projects, use the Research Project Calculator:

To explore art from the Spanish-speaking world see Khan Academy Videos:

Sound Files and Texts for Listening and Reading Practice

BBC Mundo - excellent listening and reading on a wide range of topics

El Mundo - reading practice from a major Spanish news source.

Radio Naciones Unidas - radio, podcasts and articles from the United Nations radio service

Spanish Audio Gazette from the University of Toronto. - excellent practice in listening to various dialects in articles on various culturally relevant topics